With America potentially set to elect a bloviating, pumpkin-colored reality-television star in November, you may find yourself wondering, “Where do they find these people?” Well, the good ol’ U. S. of A. and other countries around the world have a long history of finding politicians in the strangest places.

Many prominent American and world politicians were once, in fact, sports stars!

Here are 15 of the most notable sports stars who hung up their uniforms to run for public office.

1. Jack Kemp


Many have noted that Bob Dole is the only former Republican presidential nominee attending the 2016 RNC. Dole, who ran in 1996, selected Jack Kemp, the former Buffalo Bills quarterback to be his running mate back in the day.

2. J.C. Watts


A big name in college football as the quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, Watts elected to forgo an NFL career after being drafted to play running back for the New York Jets. Later on, he went on to a Republican congressman in the 90s and early 2000s.