Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 and several NFL alums are on ballots across the country.
The most publicized race involving a former player is Herschel Walker’s bid to become a U.S. Senator from Georgia. The 60-year-old Georgia native is running as a Conservative in his first attempt at political office. Most polls have the race “within the margin of error”. Walker, who played in many close games during his football career, is used to being in tight battles.
NFL alums Colin Allred (D-TX) and Burgess Owens (R-UT) are projected to keep their U.S. House seats on Election Day. Allred, who played linebacker for the Titans (2006-10), is campaigning to capture his third term in the House. Owens is looking for re-election after winning for the first time two years ago. He was the Jets first-round draft pick in 1973 and played nine years (1973-82) in the league with New York and the Raiders.
Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), a two term House member, announced a year ago that he would not seek re-election. The former Colts receiver (2007-11) returned to college after his football retirement and earned an MBA from Stanford University.
There also are at least two state races involving alums.
Napoleon Harris again is running as a Democrat to retain the Illinois State Senate seat he first won in 2013. The seven-year veteran was the Raiders first pick in the 2002 Draft.
Finally, Super Bowl XLVII champion Matt Birk, who played center for 14 seasons with the Vikings and the Ravens, is in his first statewide race as the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in his home state of Minnesota.
Birk, a Harvard grad with an economics degree, is experiencing the ups & downs of running for state-wide office. “I think honestly how much I enjoy campaigning,” says Birk, a father of 8 children. “I’ve been to places in the state that I’ve never been to. I’ve had great conversations with supporters and tough conversations with people who aren’t supporters. The other side of the coin is it’s way too much time away from my family. But it’s short term…campaigning is short term.”
The campaigning stops Tuesday, November 8. We at NFL Alumni encourage all you members and your families to vote for your candidates on both the federal and local level. We are privileged to live in a country where we are free to do so.