A pair of freshmen Congressmen are showing displays of bi-partisan cooperation that are rare in Washington D.C. these days.
What makes the story even more interesting to those of us in the NFL is that the two House members are both NFL alumni.
Former Titans linebacker Colin Allred (D.-Tx) is a Democrat representing a suburban area of Dallas. Anthony Gonzalez (R.-Ohio) was a Colts receiver whose Congressional district is in northeast Ohio. He was elected last year as a Republican.
The two men are expected in Canton together this weekend for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and related events. They also have planned a joint town hall meeting there and a tour of local businesses.
“We have different backgrounds and ideologies, “ say Congressman Allred who has a law degree from Cal-Berkeley, “but we should –and i think we do—share a common goal around what’s best for the country.”
Congressman Gonzalez received an MBA degree from Stanford and is looking forward to the Town Hall meeting with local residents.
“It’s important,” Congressman Gonzalez says, “ that we model to people what it looks like to disagree but do it in a way that’s civil and productive. We feel differently about a lot of issues. That doesn’t change the fact that I have an unbelievable amount of respect and appreciation for the work Colin does.”
We at NFL Alumni also have an unbelievable amount of respect for the way both men are conducting themselves in a divided Washington and thank them for setting such a good example for young people…AND their Congressional colleagues.