Rep. Jon Runyan was an offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. He often uses football references when speaking about his Congressional work.
But the ridicule, the long hours and the hard work don’t make the time in Congress any less worthwhile than the time in the NFL. Asked what his favorite moments in both careers are, Shuler named his team’s 1995 win against the Dallas Cowboys, one of the Redskins’ biggest rivals, and getting sworn in by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
But the sentiment that made each memory so sweet was the same.
“You set your mind to do something, and you can do it,” Shuler said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.