Rep. Heath Shuler quarterbacks for the "Mean Machine" team at Wednesday night's 5th Biennial Congressional Football Came.
Despite a late comeback push by Members of Congress at Wednesday night’s 5th Biennial Congressional Football Game, the Capitol Police were able to hold on for a 27-14 victory.
Members fell behind, 27-0, but managed to put two touchdowns on the board in the second half before time got away.
Members benefited from several former NFL players on their roster, such as Reps. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), along with Ken Harvey, John Booty and Herschel Walker, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the cops’ speed and youth.
Many of the Members were asking the NFL vetrans, especially Walker, for autographs and photos on the sidelines and throughout the game.
It was Walker’s first time playing in the event.
“I come out here every year lobbying for [physical education] to stay in schools,” Walker said. “Jon and Ken asked if I’d come out and play, and at the time, I was doing [Mixed Martial Arts] fighting, so I couldn’t. But now I got an opportunity to come out since I don’t fight again for a while.”
It wasn’t a delicate game. There was rough contact throughout, although it was labeled as flag football. In more than a few plays, Members and police collided. Runyan sustained an injury, the ramifications of which are still unknown. The injury was downplayed during the game and after. “We are not really sure. He is testifying in front of a Natural Resources subcommittee and then will go to see an orthopedic surgeon. We will probably have a better idea of the injury later today,” a Runyan spokesman said this morning via email.
The game raised money for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund and Our Military Kids Inc.
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.