A group of athletes came to Capitol Hill this week to lobby in support of two bills promoting physical fitness, but there was an unintended side effect: The sports stars reminded lawmakers how out of shape they are.
Rep. Rodney Alexander, who said he was most excited to see former NFL player Herschel Walker, admits he doesn’t work out like he used to. Back in the day, the Louisiana Republican played football and baseball. No more.
“I run every now and then, but mostly to make votes,” Alexander tells HOH.
Rep. Adrian Smith also says he played sports “a little bit” when he was younger but now spends his time as a spectator. The Nebraska Republican counts himself as a big University of Nebraska Cornhuskers fan.
“What’s pretty cool about serving in the House is that the college football rivalries carry over,” he says. In fact, he likes to tease the Kansas delegation about its teams.
Despite their admitted lack of athletic prowess, Members got to mix and mingle with athletes such as tennis champ Stan Smith and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith at a reception in the Capitol Visitor Center on Tuesday night. The sports stars spent Wednesday meeting with Members and staff.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
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