Athletes who became politicians

POSTED: 10:16 AM PDT Oct 24, 2011    UPDATED: 02:09 AM PDT Oct 06, 2014 

After enjoying successful athletic careers, these notable sports figures opted to run for public office.

Bill Bradley Howard Dean
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Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Bradley tallied 9,217 points during his 10-year career with the New York Knicks. In politics, Bradley was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978 and served three terms. In 2000, he sought the Democratic nomination for president, but he lost to Al Gore. He's seen here with Howard Dean.

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