Looking Back at Most Successful Pro Athletes Who Turned to Politics – NBC4 Washington

 Looking Back at Most Successful Pro Athletes Who Turned to Politics – NBC4 Washington

Looking back at the most successful pro athletes who turned to politics originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

A career as a politician doesn’t always require a political science degree, diplomacy, or knowing anything at all about public policy.

Frequently, popularity and name recognition are the deciding factors on ballots filled with different names. Ronald Reagan and Sonny Bono are among the most successful celebrities to win elections as serious contenders. Sports have also had a number of athletes venture into politics.

Former New York Mets and Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is looking to become the latest sportsperson to be elected in his bid for mayor of Stamford, Conn.

Here are some other former sports stars who became successful politicians.

Jon Runyan

Jon Runyan spent nine seasons of his NFL career as an offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles. Runyan was selected to the Pro…

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