October 24th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
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Members of Congress to face off in football game

Members of Congress are teaming up with former NFL players for a charity football game on Tuesday.
Members of Congress are teaming up with former NFL players for a charity football game on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On Tuesday, partisan politics will be put aside for a few hours when members of Congress team up with former NFL players for the 4th annual 'Longest Yard' Congressional football game.

No tackling is allowed in this friendly game of flag football being played for charity, and the only prize on the line is bragging rights.

Several former NFL players will be on hand as coaches and players including former NFL players Ken Harvey, John Booty, and Ed Lee.

Democratic Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr of Illinois and Heath Shuler - a former NFL quarterback - will take to the gridiron, along with Republican Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Jeff Flake of Arizona, among others on the bipartisan congressional roster.

All proceeds for the event, which is taking place at the Washington D.C. Armory, go to the Capitol Police Foundation and the Washington Literary Council.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. strong

    Usually, I think this would be a great idea and have some fun at the same time.

    Now, I think: who cares? Just a lame, sucky pubilicity stunt. Pap for the masses to watch.

    October 24, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. Peoples Voice

    I hope if anyone gets hurt they have good insurance.

    Wait a sec. These are members of Congress, they already have that.

    October 24, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Pass Healthcare, Not Footballs

    Instead of passing the football, maybe they can talk about passing healthcare with the public option. Nah, it would be too much to ask for.

    October 24, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. bob in LA

    Maybe this is how Congress should settle its differences!
    It would surely be better than the current politicial non-sense.

    October 24, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Tater

    With all the urgent problems we have in the nation this is the best congress can do? Why don't we just abolish congress and force them all to go earn a living out here in the real world!

    October 24, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Doc

    Nice to see they can put the American public's concerns aside for a time so they can go play.

    Heck, aint that what politics is all about?

    October 24, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Tom

    Maybe these football players with knock some sense into these congressional people!

    October 24, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. SkinsSuckForever

    It's a low pressure game, so Shuler will probably only throw 4 or 5 interceptions.

    October 24, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Frozone

    Go injuries!

    October 24, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. lovable liberal

    'Cause no one can beat the White House at basketball...

    October 24, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Lisa

    Keep a close eye on the Republicans, they are known to cheat!

    October 24, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    If they can come together to have fun for themselves, maybe they could actually come together to do what we pay them to do – represent us. No?

    October 24, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Dee, 1 Vote

    This game is way the Rep vs Sen can play.........."THEY HAVE A MEDICAL INS TO PROTECT THEM!"

    October 24, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |