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When athletes do politics, the top five sports stars turned politicians (5)

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2. Former U.S. Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Nominee Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp is remembered as one of the great players in the old AFL in the 1960's.

Kemp was a prolific passer, and led the Buffalo Bills to AFL championships in 1964 and '65, and was the regular season and championship game MVP in 1965.

He isn't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but when the AFL and NFL merged, he was the all-time AFL leader in passing yards, attempts and completions. 

Kemp retired in 1969, and immediately turned in his football uniform for a suit and tie when he hit the campaign trail in 1970, and was elected to the House in western New York.

He served suburban Buffalo for 18 years, before giving up his seat to run for president in 1988, where he would lose to George Bush in the republican primary. 

The seven-time AFL all star would then sit in President Bush's cabinet as the Secretary of Housing and Urban development, before he was selected a Bob Dole's running mate on the republican ticket in 1996.

The distinguished american player and politician dies at age 73 in 2009.

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