Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne and longtime NFL tight end Russ Francis—Republican candidates for Congress from Nebraska and Hawaii, respectively—are the latest in a long line of sports figures to throw their hats in the political ring. Who's next? Here's a look at a few potential candidates.
Trail Blazers guard, former vice chair of the Nevada Young Republicans, counts Jack Kemp and Bill Bradley as political role models. Says he's interested in economic empowerment and race issues. When President Clinton visited the Sonics while Anthony played for Seattle, Anthony drew cheers from teammates by lobbying for a capital gains tax cut.
Co-captain of this year's U.S. Olympic swim team says he often envisions a political career. Outspoken Christian conservative who advocates sexual abstinence outside marriage is a polished and much sought-after speaker. Cites Republican congressman and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Largent as his political role model.
The most popular person in Colorado spoke to state Republicans about congressional run this year but opted to pursue business ventures instead. Some are calling the congressional seat Colorado will gain as a result of the 2000 census the Elway seat.
Eschewed politics during his playing days but actively campaigned for Bradley this year. Gaining executive experience in Washington with NBA's Wizards. Asked by Tim Russert on Meet the Press about a possible run for office, replied, "I can never say never."
Recently retired quarterback turned down Republican entreaties this year but may consider run for Senate seat from Utah in 2004. San Francisco Republicans also believe former Niner would have crossover appeal in the mostly Democratic Bay Area. Delivered invocation at this year's Republican National Convention. Jay Leno on Young's political affiliation: "Doctors said that with one more concussion, he could end up a Reform 'arty candidate."