Top 20 Athletes Who Would Make The Best Politicians

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Top 20 Athletes Who Would Make The Best Politicians

Top 20 Athletes Who Would Make The Best Politicians
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Why is it that sports and politics are so connected? A great number of athletes have turned to a life in politics after their playing careers ended, while at the same time politicians often times like to mettle in sports.

Both professions do tend to attract highly competitive and driven people, and require incredible amounts of hard work, not to mention dedication. If you think about it, running a campaign is a lot like competing for a starting spot during training camp. Both are high-intensity competitions between two people fighting relentlessly for the same spot, knowing that only one of them will end up winning it.

Once the election is over or the starter is named, the winner of each knows that despite the victory there is always a chance they could lose their job if their performance doesn’t match expectations, with athletes having to worry about pleasing their coach and politicians needing to make sure their constituents stay happy. So clearly there is plenty of overlap between sports and politics.

We know all about the former athletes that have gone on to become politicians, but what about contemporary athletes, which of them would make great politicians? Well, that’s what we’re here to figure out. Not just any former athlete can go into a life of politics. One must be likeable, bold, and confident. They must also be willing to take chances and make mistakes, all of which they should be adept at from their days as an athlete. Among current athletes, here are 20 who would make the best politicians.

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20. Tim Tebow

20. Tim Tebow
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Assuming Tebow still qualifies as an athlete, since he hasn't had a job since training camp last year, he would make a great athlete turned politician. Few athletes have a fan base as loyal as Tebow's, and that loyalty would be a huge advantage if he were to run for public office.

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19. Russell Wilson

19. Russell Wilson
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He's one of the smartest athletes around, and as a two-sport athlete he's obviously multi-talented, so maybe politics is one of those talents. Plus, as a reigning Super Bowl champion, he could probably win an election in the state of Washington based off his current popularity.

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18. Shane Battier

18. Shane Battier
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Battier is intelligent, Duke educated, a great leader, and never seems to lose his cool; that sounds like a great politician.

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17. Chris Paul

17. Chris Paul
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As a point guard, Paul is a natural leader, and his TV commercials show that he has plenty of personality, so he would definitely do well during a political campaign.

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16. Justin Verlander

16. Justin Verlander
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There are a lot of rich, successful, good looking athletes out there, but not all of them are dating/have dated Kate Upton the way Verlander has. That makes me think there's something special about him, and that something special could certainly apply to politics.

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15. Cam Newton

15. Cam Newton
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Have you ever seen Cam smile? That's a smile that can win him a few votes. He also handled that pay-for-play scandal while at Auburn, so he's no stranger to controversy, which should help him if he were to get into politics.

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14. J.J. Watt

14. J.J. Watt
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Watt has a rather nice rags to riches story that could work well in politics. He was a lightly recruited two-star player coming out of high school and now he's one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. That shows a lot of drive and determination, which would pay off in politics, along with the humbleness that comes from being a modest recruiting coming out of high school.

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13. Jimmy Rollins

13. Jimmy Rollins
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He's brash, confident, and not at all afraid of speaking his mind, all of which would make Rollins a great fit for a life in politics when his days in baseball are over.

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12. Tiger Woods

12. Tiger Woods
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Like a lot of politicians, Woods has had a sex scandal. He also has more than enough money to finance a campaign, which means he'd be a great fit for politics if he wants.

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11. Steve Cherundolo

11. Steve Cherundolo
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His nickname is "the Mayor of Hanover" on his club team Hanover 96 in Germany. If he wanted to, he could probably become the real Mayor of Hanover, Germany.

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10. Dwight Howard

10. Dwight Howard
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With a nickname like Superman and a great big smile, Howard seems like a natural fit for politics, especially with the role of centers in the NBA quickly diminishing.

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9. Tony Romo

9. Tony Romo
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Few people are as accustomed to taking criticism as Romo, especially from his own fan base, and that could have him well prepared for a life of scrutiny in politics.

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8. Jeremy Lin

8. Jeremy Lin
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He went to Harvard, which is enough for most people to get involved in politics. He's also a lot smarter than people who are actually involved in politics, so we'd all probably be better off if Lin were to run for office when he's done playing basketball.

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7. Landon Donovan

7. Landon Donovan
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After his goal during the 2010 World Cup, you know, this one, Donovan is an American hero of sorts, and combined with his calm demeanor he could very well have a future in politics. "Go, go, USA!"

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6. Greg McElroy

6. Greg McElroy
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McElroy was a Rhodes Scholar applicant, completed his Masters before leaving Alabama, and scored a 48 on the Wonderlic Test. That resume is far most impressive than most of today's politicians, and that doesn't even include the championship ring on McElroy's finger, which couldn't hurt to show off to people if he were ever on the campaign trail.

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5. David Wright

5. David Wright
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Wright had the nickname "Captain America" during the 2013 World Baseball Classic, if that's not a springboard to a career in politics, I don't know what is.

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4. Tim Duncan

4. Tim Duncan
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All he does is produce and get things done, which is something that doesn't happen enough in politics. Duncan was also smart enough to stay in college for four years, and doing so at a school like Wake Forest doesn't hurt either. He's probably too smart to go into politics, but he would make a great president.

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3. Peyton Manning

3. Peyton Manning
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With his sweet southern accent and incredible likability, Manning could win a political campaign just about anywhere in the country. In fact, he could probably become Governor or a Senator in Indiana without even trying.

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2. Tom Brady

2. Tom Brady
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This guy is so popular in the state of Massachusetts that he could win an election there in his sleep.

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1. Derek Jeter

1. Derek Jeter
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Is there a more respected person in all of sports than Jeter? He's well liked and an incredibly hard worker, and with his baseball career coming to an end after the 2014 season, a second career in politics may not be far behind after spending many years as captain of the Yankees.


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