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Former Colts Receiver Anthony Gonzalez Wins U.S. House Primary Race In Ohio

Posted May 9, 2018

Anthony Gonzalez, a wide receiver with the Indianapolis Colts from 2007 through 2011, on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for Congress in Ohio’s 16th District.

Anthony Gonzalez’s initial dive into politics has featured a strong first and second quarter. Now he hopes for a strong second half to claim a huge victory.

Gonzalez, the former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver, on Tuesday held off two GOP challengers to earn his party’s primary nomination for Congress in Ohio’s 16th District.

In his first run for office of any sort, Gonzalez earned 53 percent of the vote (34,056 votes in all), topping Ohio Sen. Christina Hagan (41 percent) and physician Michael Grusenmeyer (6 percent), according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Our goal has been to authentically represent our shared values while articulating our vision for the future of Northeast Ohio and our great country," Gonzalez said in a statement. "As we look forward to the November election and a new challenge, we will continue to double down on this same strategy."

Gonzalez’s popularity in Ohio was sparked back in high school, when he was a standout football and track athlete at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He would go on to star at Ohio State in Columbus, where he was named First Team All-Big Ten Conference in 2006 after catching 51 passes for 734 yards and eight touchdowns.

After a strong performance in the NFL Scouting Combine, the Colts — who were fresh off their Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears — selected Gonzalez with the 32nd-overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He would go on to catch a combined 94 passes for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two seasons before knee injuries would significantly slow down his career.

Gonzalez retired from the NFL prior to the 2012 season.

After earning his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Gonzalez last August filed to run for Congress in his home state of Ohio, earning financial backing from the likes of former Colts teammates Peyton Manning and Austin Collie, as well as Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, according to The Plain Dealer.

Gonzalez’s victory on Tuesday sets up a showdown against health care professional Susan Moran Palmer, who won the Democratic primary in the 16th District race. Both are hoping to replace incumbent Republican Jim Renacci, who is seeking election to the U.S. Senate.

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