Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Aug 10, 2017
** FILE ** Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez celebrates his 68 yard touchdown reception from quarterback Troy Smith against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, in this Nov. 20, 2004 file photo. Top-ranked Ohio State takes on No. 2 Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Anthony Gonzalez, the former Ohio State wide receiver who wowed fans with his clutch catches and his amazing grab in a 2005 win at Michigan, is considering a run for Congress.

According to multiple reports, 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. Trump won the district by 17 points in November. Renacci won four terms in the district, including a 30-point win in 2016.

Gonzalez could face a crowded field for the seat. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor could possibly run for the seat if shes unable to make her way through the crowded governor’s race. Local state rep Christina Hagan and former state senator Tom Patton are also likely contenders.

Democrats would face an uphill battle in the Republican-heavy district, but could make a run behind former Parma Mayor Dean DePiero, according to Cleveland.com. 

Gonzalez has no political experience.

A part of one of the most talented receiver corps in Ohio State history, 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 quarterback. 

The St. Ignatius High School grad was drafted in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts as a slot receiver in 2007. His first two seasons in the league were successful. He caught 37 passes for 576 yards and three touchdowns in 2007, and 57 passes for 664 yards and four touchdowns.

He earned a starting spot in 2009, but injured his knee in the season opener and missed the entire season. Another knee injury ended his run with the Colts. He was signed shortly by the New England Patriots in the spring of 2012, but was released. 

After his NFL career, he received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and became Chief Operating Officer of Chalk Schools, a technology company that helps K-12 schools move its paper and form process online.