Professional athletes who went on to careers in politics

Boredom Spieth
Boredom Spieth
Boredom Spieth
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Sports and politics. Intersections between the two are many. Most directly, a number of athletes who have excelled in sports have gone on to careers in politics.

Opening a string of car dealerships or taking a sitting behind a microphone in a low-level announcing job is certainly an easier road to hoe and the more common path. However, a few standouts from inside the lines have made careers in the halls of power. And it’s not that surprising, right? After all, politics is the ultimate bloodsport.

From the state level all the way to the whitewashed buildings of Washington D.C., pro athletes have populated the political sphere.