Top 13 Greatest Pro Athletes Turned Politicians


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13. Heath Shuler

U.S. Congressman (2007-2013)

Heath Sculer’s quarterback career with Washington Redskins was an uneventful one. In 1994 when he was drafted to the Redskins, but he refused to play for the outfit – holding out for a seven-year $19.25 million contract. Still, once the contract dispute was resolved his performances for the Redskins were below mediocre. In a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Heath Shuler threw five interceptions and it never really got much better – and that is putting it nicely.

Two years later, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints where he suffered a serious injury and was unable to take to the field. He then upped sticks to the Oakland Raiders, where he reinjured his foot, after that, he retired from the sport altogether. Later on in his life, Shuler went on to become a member of the U.S House of Representatives, and from 2007-2013, he was the Democratic Party’s representative for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district. Better being a politician than being known as an NFL bust, I guess?