By: Red Pill | 08-11-2017 | News
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Former Ohio State Football Star May Run as GOP Congressional Candidate in Ohio

Many in Ohio are well aware of Anthony Gonzalez, the legendary Buckeye’s player who would bring an Ohio State football team back from the graveyard with less than a minute left versus their rivals Michigan in 2005.

It's known as “The Catch” forever to OSU fans, when Ohio State was down 21 to 19, and the amazing catch by Gonzalez put the Buckeyes in position for the victory.

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Anthony Gonzalez is a hero to Ohio State fans and will forever be an icon in the sports world of Ohio.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former Ohio State football standout Anthony Gonzalez considering congressional run, per report <a href="">#GoBucks</a> <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Landof10 Ohio State (@Landof10OSU) <a href="">August 8, 2017</a></blockquote>

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According to multiple new reports however, Gonzalez recently met with the National Republican Congressional Committee and expressed interest in joining the ballot for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, which contains Wayne County and suburbs of Cleveland, Akron and Canton.

Gonzalez would run to replace current Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Renacci, who is considered the favorite of Trump supporters in Ohio and D.C., however a fresh face would likely inspire the state to turn a new leaf.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">(2005) Troy Smith finds Anthony Gonzalez who makes &quot;the catch&quot; to set up the game winning touchdown in Ann Arbor. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Buckeye Moments (@BuckeyeMoments) <a href="">August 5, 2017</a></blockquote>

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President Trump won the district by 17 points in November in an astounding victory. Renacci won four terms in the district, including a 30-point win in 2016.

Gonzalez could face a crowded field for the seat though, with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor possibly running for the seat due to the overly populated Governor’s race for her boss’ role in John Kasich, who will be ending his term soon.

Several others have thrown their hat into the arena including Local State Representative Christina Hagan and former State Senator Tom Patton, who are also likely contenders for the job.

Democrats already face an uphill battle for control in the traditionally Republican controlled district, but could make a potential run behind former Parma Mayor Dean DePiero.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Scoop: Gonzalez, who got his MBA post-NFL, recently moved back to Ohio and met with the NRCC about running <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Andrew J. Tobias (@AndrewJTobias) <a href="">August 8, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Apart from being one of the most talented receivers in the history of Ohio State Football, Gonzalez played alongside future NFL talent Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn Jr., and Roy Hall. He was a favorite target of Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, who was the OSU Quarterback at the time.

The St. Ignatius High School graduate and Ohio State Football star was drafted in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts as a Slot Receiver back in 2007. His first two seasons in the league were incredibly successful. He caught 37 passes for 576 yards and three touchdowns in 2007, and 57 passes for 664 yards and four touchdowns.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congressman Anthony Gonzalez? Ex-Buckeye may seek seat in northeastern Ohio <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts) <a href="">August 10, 2017</a></blockquote>

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He earned his first starting spot in 2009, but later injured his knee in the season opener and missed the rest of the season. Another knee injury a few years after ended his run with the Indianapolis Colts. He was then signed for a brief time by the New England Patriots in the spring of 2012, but was eventually released.

After his short NFL career, Anthony Gonzalez later received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was later hired as Chief Operating Officer of Chalk Schools, which a technology company that helps K-12 student based schools move its paper and form process from old fashioned standards to moder online testing.

Fans are sure to be ecstatic at that news, and Ohio most certainly needs fresh and young inspiring talent in the political arena to ensure the prosperous future of the great State of Ohio.

Run Anthony, run!

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