Iconic Nebraska football coach (25 years, three national titles)
did not use Cornhuskers Red references in campaign materials in
winning his congressional bid.
Run with Ryun is the reelection slogan for the three-time Olympic
track star and former mile and 1,500-meter world-record holder
turned Kansas congressman.
BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL
Party-switching Colorado senator (once a Democrat) needed his
martial arts skills--he captained the 1964 Olympic judo team--in
1991 to fend off a mugger in D.C.
Longtime Buffalo Bills QB, a former congressman and secretary of
Housing and Urban Development, is codirector of nonprofit Empower
During his Hall of Fame pitching career, the Kentucky senator was
part of the player group that hired Marvin Miller to head the
baseball players' association.
Hall of Fame receiver nearly ran against ex-NFL wideout Howard
Twilley in '94 Oklahoma race. (Twilley dropped out.) Now runs
wireless-industry lobbying group.
Michael Jordan's endorsement couldn't help the three-term U.S.
senator (N.J.) and ex-Knicks star win the 2000 Democratic