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Ex-NFL players Gonzalez, Allred join list of former athletes to serve in Congress

When the 116th United States Congress was sworn in Thursday, the 435 members of the House of Representatives included former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and former Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin Allred. 

Former NFL player Colin Allred takes the oath

Former NFL player Colin Allred takes the oath of office for the United States House of Representatives on Dec. 3, 2019. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

When the 116th United States Congress was sworn in Thursday, the 435 members of the House of Representatives included former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and former Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin Allred. A look at former NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball  players who served on Capitol Hill:

Player                         Key team            Branch, years            Party, State

Colin Allred               NFL Titans            House, 2019-           D, Texas

Bill Bradley               NBA Knicks           Senate, 1979-97       D, New Jersey

Jim Bunning              MLB Phils             House, 1987-99         R. Kentucky

                                                                     Senate, 1999-2011

LaVern DilWeg        NFL Packers           House  1943-45         D, Wisconsin 

Anthony Gonzalez  NFL Colts               House,  2019-            R, Ohio

Jack Kemp              AFL Bills                House, 1971-89          R, New York 

Steve Largent        NFL Seahawks      House, 1995-2003       R, Oklahoma 

Tom McMillen        NBA Knicks           House   1987-93           D, Maryland

Wilmer Mizell         MLB Cardinals      House, 1969-75            R, North Carolina

Tom Osborne         NFL Redskins       House, 2001-07             R, Nebraska      

Heath Shuler         NFL Redskins            House, 2007-13            D, North Carolina

Jon Runyan          NFL Eagles              House,  2011-15          R, New Jersey

Morris Udall          NBL* Denver           House, 1961-91           D, Arizona

*NBL was a precursor to the NBA

Worth noting: Gerald Ford, our 38th President, had offers to play for the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers after  being a star center for the University of Michigan's  national championship football teams in 1932 and 1933. He went on serve as Republican congressman from Michigan from 1949-73, ultimately becoming Speaker of the House, Vice President and then President. 

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