10 Athletes Who Became Politicians

AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid, File AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid, File

It’s one thing to be a leader on a playing field, court or ice rink, it’s another thing entirely to lead a nation. For many pro (and amateur) athletes, retirement might mean playing some golf, running a business and basking in the glow of a career few get a chance to experience. Some, though, find the soapbox appealing and run for local or even national politics. Dwight D. Eisenhower was a heck of a football player at West Point Military Academy, but made an even better POTUS. Ike graduated from the football field at Michie Stadium to Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces in Europe during World War II. In 1952, Ike retired from the Army and ran for president under the Republican banner. He won and became the 34th President of the United States. He wasn’t the only one. Gerald R. Ford helped the University of Michigan to national titles in 1932 and 1933 before later becoming the 38th POTUS.

#10 – Jon Runyan

Gerald Ford wasn’t the only product of the big Blue football machine at the University of Michigan to hold federal office. Ex-Philadelphia Eagle and San Diego Charger Jon Runyan went from being one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, to being a Republican representative for New Jersey’s third congressional district. Prior to being Congressman, Runyan played 14 seasons in the NFL as an offensive tackle, after being drafted in the fourth round of the 1996 draft by the Houston Oilers. He eventually ended up in Philly, where he went to the Pro Bowl in 2003. A poll in 2006 said that Runyan played the game rough, ranking him second dirtiest player in the league. Let’s hope he’s cleaned up the dirty act as a GOP member of Congress.

AP Photo/Mel Evans

AP Photo/Mel Evans

Next: #9 - Steve Largent
We Recommend
More On SportsBreak
  • 15 Athletes Who Died In The Middle Of Their Careers

    Long after the spotlight of an arena full of fans has faded, retired athletes move on to all kinds of other careers and journeys in life.

    SPORTS
  • 10 Players Who Would Beat LeBron 1-on-1

    While Miami Heat small forward Lebron James has established himself as the game’s best player the past five or so years, the question that has been posed by many is, “who can challenge or dethrone him?” King James poses many

    NBA
  • 12 Athletes Who Blew Through Their Money

    We’ve all seen their smiling faces, lit up by the white hot spotlight of a press conference, shaking hands with an owner/GM as they agree to the “big contract.

    SPORTS
  • 10 Worst Contracts in NBA History

    If every NBA General Manger had a crystal ball, bad contracts would not exist. No one would be overpaid. Fans wouldn’t have to watch a player collect a large paycheck by sitting on the bench every night.

    NBA
  • The 8 Biggest NHL Trade Deadline Deals

    The silly season is nearly upon the NHL. The March 2nd trade deadline is but five days away and over-analyzed movement has already begun.

    NHL
  • 6 MLB Off Season Free Agent and Trade Losers

    The winter sweeps are over and many a major league baseball team re-tooled, either to improve their lot in life, or make the playoffs. But, there were teams asleep at the switch and their season’s might derail because of inactivity, or wrong activity in the free agent and trade markets.

    MLB
  • The 8 Best NBA All-Star Game Moments

    The NBA All-Star weekend is filled with superstar players, amazing performances, thrilling drunks and almost zero defense. We count down our eight favourite things in All-Star Game history, including memorable Dunk Contest moments.

    NBA
  • 6 MLB Off-Season Free Agent and Trade Winners

    The MLB off-season is just about over and through trades and free agency, some teams got measurably better. Maybe not world championship better, but certainly miles ahead of 2014.

    MLB
  • The 10 Best Memes From Super Bowl XLIX

    Check out our ten favourite memes that the internet came up with during (and after) this year’s edition of the Super Bowl. Katy Perry. Halftime sharks. Richard Sherman. Deflategate. No one was safe.

    NFL
  • The 14 Most Expensive Transfers in Soccer History

    As the fight for Champions League supremacy rages on in Europe, teams are more willing to splurge for bigger names and better players than ever before. Foreign owners with deep pockets have contributed to driving prices up, up, and up some more. Here are the most pricey player purchases of all time.

    SOCCER
  • Top 5 Things to Look For During Super Bowl XLIX

    Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us, thank goodness. The media circus gives way to an actual football game, where many different scenarios could play out. We have five things to look for come game day.

    NFL
  • 6 Outrageous Super Bowl Predictions

    Wardrobe malfunctions. Amazing comebacks. Stadium-wide blackouts. Sometimes things happen in the Super Bowl that no one could have predicted. This year we try to get ahead of the craziness and make a few ridiculous predictions of our own.

    NFL
  • 8 Of The Funniest Super Bowl Commercials Ever

    Commercials are as much a part of the Super Bowl as suds and chicken wings. And, in some cases, more interesting than the game. The all-time funny ones are classic and here for viewing enjoyment, again.

    NFL
  • Marshawn Lynch’s 8 Greatest Moments

    As Beast Mode prepares to play in his second straight Super Bowl, we took a look back at the most memorable moments of his career. Everything from amazing plays and huge fines to crotch grabbing and non-interviews make the list.

    NFL
  • 5 Biggest Super Bowl Blowouts

    No one likes to be on the receiving end of a lopsided score, especially at a Super Bowl.

    NFL
  • 9 Most Amazing Super Bowl Moments

    The Super Bowl has given us five decades of unforgettable moments. From amazing plays to horrible blunders, check out our picks for the nine best moments in Super Bowl history.

    NFL
  • 6 Players Who Were Snubbed by The 2015 NHL All-Star Game

    The NHL All-Star game Snub-fest left a lot of good names off the roster. Here are six that SportsBreak thinks were the worst omissions.

    NHL
  • The 10 Best Single Seasons By An MLB Closer

    Long gone are the days of pitchers regularly going for complete games and 150+ pitches. Arms are now carefully managed with pitch counts and inning limits, which makes the position of closer more valuable than ever. Having a shutdown pitcher that can go everyday can be the difference between winning and losing.

    MLB
  • 5 Places Randy Carlyle Could Coach Next

    Randy Carlyle is out of work, that much is known. Though he may not be unemployed for long, given the long list of coaches currently sweating their team’s misfortunes, and their own. Coaches in San Jose, Arizona, Minnesota, Philadelphia and even Boston are walking a tight rope right now, while situations in New Jersey and Edmonton are fluid. Carlyle should freshen up his resume.

    NHL
Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Sportsbreak Video

Top