The worlds of football and politics have intersected many times over the past few decades. As a result, many in the grid business have not hesitated to make political statements, especially in the last few years.
Many have gone a step further by entering politics. Some of these footballers – who are not shy about publicly speaking about their Christian faith – have also used their religious beliefs to inform their politics and run for office.
The latest Christian to enter the political fray is former runner Herschel Walker. A controversial candidate, Walker, 60, a member of the 1992 USA bobsled team, played for five NFL teams in the late 1980s and early ’90s. He is currently running for US Senate in Georgia.
“I’ve worked on almost every campaign in Georgia since 1976,” said Ralph Reed, founder of Faith & Freedom. They spoke Politics. “I’ve never seen a candidate on the Republican side talk about his beliefs.”
Here are five Christian football stars who entered the political arena:
Ford rose to prominence in the 1970s, a different era in American politics than it is today, and was sworn in as president in 1974. As a result, he became the only president not to be elected president or vice president.
Ford previously served as the Republican leader of the US House of Representatives and was appointed Vice President in 1973. When Richard Nixon left office in 1974, he replaced Ford as president.