CLEVELAND — A former Ohio State and NFL player has filed paperwork indicating he plans to seek an Ohio congressional seat as a Republican in 2018.
Cleveland.com reports 32-year-old Anthony Gonzalez submitted paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission to run for the 16th District congressional seat held by Republican Jim Renacci, who plans to run for governor next year.
Gonzalez has not formally announced his candidacy. Reports surfaced last month that he was contemplating a congressional bid.
The commission paperwork lists an address for Gonzalez in Westlake, a suburb of Cleveland. He grew up in northeastern Ohio and was a star wide receiver at Ohio State before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He retired after five seasons because of injuries.
Gonzalez has transitioned into a business career since retiring from the NFL in 2012. He received his MBA from Stanford University in 2014, and in June left his job as chief operating officer of Chalk Schools, an education technology firm in San Francisco, according to his LinkedIn profile.
In three seasons at Ohio State, Gonzalez had 87 catches for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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