Former Ohio State and NFL wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez kept his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, winning reelection in Ohio's 16th Congressional District, according toThe Associated Press.
The 36-year-old Gonzalez, a Republican, will serve his consecutive second term after fending off Democratic challenger Aaron Godfrey on Tuesday. With 100% of Ohio District 16 reporting, Gonzalez got 241,656 votes to 141,212, a 63.1% to 36.9% margin.
Before Gonzalez was Rep. Gonzalez, R-Ohio, he was a receiver with the Indianapolis Colts, catching passes from Peyton Manning. Gonzalez was a first-round pick to the Colts in 2007 and went on to play all five of his NFL seasons with the franchise. He finished with 99 catches, 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns through 40 games.
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"(I'm a) Congressman who used to play football," Gonzalez told USA TODAY Sports last year. "I left the game in 2012. A lot has happened in my life since then. …The NFL is great because you feel like you can control more of the outcome. … Congress isn't like that at all. Congress is more if you’re in the majority, and you have the votes, and this, that and the other, that’s ultimately going to win the day on the House floor. So that’s just different. But both are interesting."
Anthony Gonzalez won reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's 16th Congressional District. (Photo: Brian Spurlock, US PRESSWIRE)
Gonzalez played for the Buckeyes from 2004-06, tallying 87 receptions for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns in his three seasons.
He retired from professional football in the spring of 2012 before enrolling at Stanford, where he earned his MBA and carved out his career in politics.
Gonzalez been heavily involved in sports while holding his Congressional seat, fighting for college athletes to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness. In September, he co-authored a bill that could make athletes money from endorsement deals.
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