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  • Athletes Turned Politicians

    Former President George W. Bush was not a football player but rather a cheerleader before he entered politics. In high school, Bush was the head cheerleader of his high school's team in Andover, Mass. And in college he went on to cheer at Yale University.
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    The Washington Redskins selected Heath Shuler, a standout quarterback at the University of Tennessee, in the first round of the 1994 NFL draft, but his career never took off and he retired after three seasons. In 2006 Shuler, a Democrat, was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from his native North Carolina. He left Congress in 2013.
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    Runyan serves as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district. The Republican member is a former offensive tackle in the NFL where he played for fourteen seasons for the Oilers, the Titans, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He retired from the NFL in 2010.
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  • Athletes Turned Politicians

    Before taking over the presidency for Richard Nixon in 1974, Gerald Ford played center and linebacker for the University of Michigan. During his time on the team, the Wolverines won national titles in 1932 and 1933.
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    Kemp served as Housing Secretary under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993 after serving nine terms in the House for New York's 31st congressional district from 1971 to 1989. Before entering politics Kemp was a quarterback for 13 years, playing for both the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.
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    Watts served as a House member representing Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District from 1995-2003. Before politics, Watts played college football as a quarterback and then went on to play professionally for the Canadian Football League.
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    Eisenhower's college football career started in 1912, as a linebacker and running back at West Point. He later served as President of the United States from 1953 - 1961.
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