Election Day Looms Large For Three NFL Alumni
Election Day is this Tuesday, November 3 and three of our NFL Alumni colleagues are in tight Congressional races in Utah, Texas and Ohio.
Burgess Owens, the former Jets and Raiders safety (1973-79), is a Utah Republican and is running for a seat in the House of Representatives. His veteran opponent is the only Democrat in the Congress from Utah and holds a seat that he won by fewer than 700 votes in 2018. Millions of dollars have poured into Utah from both Republican and Democratic political action committees for what is viewed as one of the most contentious House races in the country. Owens is a first time Congressional candidate who won the Republican primary last June 30 against three opponents.
First-term Representative Colin Allred (D.-Tx) is defending his Congressional seat which covers the northeast region of the state near Dallas. He is a Texas native who played linebacker for five seasons (2006-10) with the Titans and then graduated from law school at Cal-Berkeley. He worked in the Obama Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s office before deciding to run for a Congressional seat in 2018. He is running this time on his record of having worked across the aisle in the House for real solutions to common bi-partisan problems such as high prescription drug prices and lack of paid family leave. He has been endorsed for re-election by the Dallas Morning News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Congressman Anthony Gonzalez (R.-Ohio) is seeking a second two-year term to represent a Republican-leaning district in the north central portion of the state. Gonzalez, who was a standout receiver for Ohio State, is a Cleveland native. He played five seasons (2007-11) with the Colts. He earned an MBA from Stanford after his NFL career. Gonzalez’s Democratic opponent this time is a 34-year old physicist who finished a distant fifth out of six Congressional candidates in his party’s primary in 2018.
We wish all three men only a winning vote on Election Day. They follow in the footsteps of earlier NFL alumni, including the late Jack Kemp, Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent and Pro Bowl tackle Jon Runyan, who served several terms in Congress.