The 2019 NFL season starts next week but the 2020 political campaign season already has begun on the state and national level.
Dave Lindstrom, a defensive lineman for the Chiefs from 1978-85, announced earlier this summer that he is running for the United States Senate as a Republican in Kansas.
Lindstrom, 64, is not a political rookie. An experienced businessman in Kansas, he has served on local and state government boards there since his NFL retirement. He also successfully ran for the Republican nomination as Lieutenant Governor in 2002 but he and his running mate eventually lost in the general election to their Democratic challengers.
Lindstrom’s business experience includes real estate development and he was owner-operator of four Burger King franchises. He currently is Chairman of the non-profit Kansas Leadership Center Board and also Chairman of the Kansas Turnpike Authority. Community service is part of his DNA.
“I know what it is to employ people,” Lindstrom says. “During the time I was in business, I operated with the philosophy ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’. I was blessed to play in the NFL. I feel compelled to give back to my community.”
NFL alumni Colin Allred (D-Texas) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) now serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. If Lindstrom is successful, he would become the first NFL player ever to sit in the Senate chamber in Washington, D.C.
Our NFL Alumni family is a diverse one, but we wish Dave Lindstrom much success in his bid for the Republican nomination. (If you want to learn more about Dave Lindstrom’s campaign, click here.)