The 2018 midterms saw record participation from the American people, including some former athletes.
While celebrities have rarely been shy to voice their opinions on the political issues surrounding the country that made them famous, this year, many of them actually put their money where their mouths are, including nine athletes who decided to run for public office. (RELATED: Colin Kaepernick Explains Why He Didn’t Vote In 2016)
The biggest victory for a former athlete was won by Democrat Colin Allred, a former linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, who played his college ball at Baylor. Allred defeated 11 term Republican incumbent Pete Sessions in Texas 32nd district.
The biggest name of any athlete to be elected was Ohio Republican Anthony Gonzalez, a former wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and Ohio State.
Other former athletes who were elected include former NFL player Napoleon Harris, who retained his state Senate seat in Illinois that he has held since 2012; former NFL player Aaron Rouse, who won a seat on the Virginia Beach City Council this year; and former professional baseball player Jesse White, who was re-elected into his sixth term as Illinois Secretary Of State.