Craig James, who works as an analyst for ESPN, will run for a seat in the United States Senate.
According to Yahoo Sports, James is expected to enter the Republican Senatorial Primary to face a few prominent candidates, who hold more political clout than does James. With the incumbent senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson leaving office, James has a better shot of winning. James is a recognizable face to many people and that can help him in his bid to become the United States Junior Senator from the state of Texas.
James, who himself comes from humble beginnings feels the need to do what he can for the people of Texas during this tough economy. Along with his name recognition, James will most likely use his humble beginnings as trump card against the other candidates, who are career politicians and are well off financially.
James had this to say during an interview with WFAA: “When they understand I’m living inside that economy right now…that, that I’m from Real Street and can provide an answer and an opportunity for them; I think that’s going to resonate.”
James, who has had both a collegiate and professional football career will not be the first athlete who has turned to politics. Former pro quarterback Jack Kemp, became a congressman and was a vice-presidential candidate. Former New York Knicks star Bill Bradley, was a United States Senator from the state of New Jersey.