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Political football: eight athletes who turned to politics

It’s not such a big leap really…

YESTERDAY WE TOLD you that Waterford senior hurling manager and Clare legend Davy Fitzgerald is in the frame to contest a Dáil seat for the Labour party.

The Sixmilebridge man would be the latest in a long line of sportsstars-turned-politicians.  Here’s eight of the best:

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  • Seb Coe

    One of the greatest middle-distance runners ever - winning 1500 gold twice - 'Lord Coe' has his hands full these days with organising the London Olympics.
  • Dick Spring

    Before he became Tánaiste in the early 90s, Spring played Gaelic football and hurling for Kerry. His father Dan won two senior All-Ireland medals but Dick was better known as an accomplished rugby player lining out for Ireland and Munster.Source: Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Jack Lynch

    The Corkman won five All-Ireland hurling titles and one football Celtic Cross with the Rebels. He went on to be Taoiseach between 1977 and 1979. Pretty impressive, I guess.
  • John O’Mahony

    The Mayo native led fierce rivals Galway to All-Ireland gold in 2001. He took over as Mayo chief and was elected to the Dáil for Fine Gael in 2007. He's since stepped down as manager. Source: Inpho
  • Manny Pacquiao

    The Filipino became the first boxer in history to earn world championships in seven different weight classes - which is great. But less than a year later, Pacquiao upset heavy favorite Roy Chiongbian in the race to represent the province of Sarangani in the Philippine Congress.
  • Jesse 'The Body' Ventura

    Jesse "the Body" Ventura seamlessly transferred from a life of pro wrestling to the governor's house of Minnesota. He served from 1999 to 2003 and didn't seek a second term.
  • Ronald Reagan

    The Gipper played baseball and American football as well as having a Hollywood acting career. Somewhere along the line, he found time to govern the most powerful democracy on earth at the time.
  • George Weah

    The former AC Milan striker was the first African to be named the world's best player in 1995. Ten years later he lost a runoff for president in Liberia but has since announced his intentions to challenge next year.Source: David Karp/AP/Press Association Images

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