Former NFL player Burgess Owens — a vocal critic of on-the-field player protests — won his congressional bid in Utah on Monday.
Owens, 69, beat out Democratic incumbent Ben McAdams by less than 1 percent of votes for a seat in the US House of Representatives.
The former athlete said on Twitter that McAdams called him after conceding, promising a smooth transition.
“Thank you my fellow Utahns, I am committed to have an open ear to serve you. Thank you for the opportunity,” Owens wrote in the social media post.
Owens’ victory allowed Republicans to regain control of all four of Utah’s congressional seats.
The Rep.-elect is a frequent guest on Fox News, where he’s called out professional athletes for kneeling in support of the Black Lives Matter movement during national anthems.
President Trump over the weekend congratulated Owens, tweeting: “Great going Burgess, you continue to be a STAR! ”
With Post wires