WASHINGTON (CNN) - Partisan politics was shelved for a few hours Tuesday night as Democratic and Republican congressmen teamed up with former NFL players in a gridiron battle against the U.S. Capitol Police.
The fourth annual 'Longest Yard' flag-football game raised more than $75,000 for the Capitol Police Foundation and the Washington Literary Council, but former Washington Redskins quarterback turned Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina, said the high spirited game might help to bridge the differences between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
"It's putting some comraderie back in … the U.S. House," Shuler told CNN. "I know if we can work together on the football field we can certainly work together when it comes to our policies."
Republican Reps. Duncan Hunter of California, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Jeff Flake of Arizona as well as Democratic Re. Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Illinois joined Shuler on the bipartisan congressional roster. GOP Rep. Bill Shuster coached the squad.
Several former NFL players were on and off the field including, Washington Redskin Ken Harvey, former Philadelphia Eagle John Booty, and former Detroit Lion Ed Lee.
Harvey said it was a unique experience to watch the members of Congress come together as a team.
"One day when we were at practice and I was looking around and these guys that you know are bitter enemies and fighting with each other and they're here joking together laughing and just really coming together for a common cause," Harvey said. "I think that's pretty awesome."
The only thing the Democrats and Republicans argued about was playing time, which fell to Shuster to make sure everyone was happy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner helped the bipartisan spirit from the sidelines, but Pelosi had a word of caution for the members of Congress: Don't beat the Capitol Police too badly.
"We want the members to win, but we want the guards to be very strong because their day job is very important," Pelosi said.
When the whistle blew, the Congressional team beat the Capitol Police 32 to 26 in overtime.