Next up on Bequette’s list? If you live in Arkansas, he wants to be your newest representative.
Jake Bequette is running for the United States Senate
Bequette is the latest athlete who sees a future for themselves in politics, and he’s eager to give back to the community that turned him into an NFL player.
On Monday, July 12, Bequette announced his intention of running for a senate seat in August. The former Razorbacks football standout is challenging Arkansas Senator John Boozman in the 2022 Republican primary.
“What’s happening in Washington these days is a disgrace,” Bequette said in a political ad. He criticized radical Democrats and Republicans who “just go along to get along.”
Bequette also appeared on Fox and Friends on July 12, where he discussed his candidacy and his frustrations with the current leadership in Washington.
“I’m not a career politician, OK? I’m an outsider,” Bequette said. “I’m a conservative. I’m a veteran.”
Bequette won a Super Bowl with the Patriots before joining the U.S. Army
While at Arkansas, Bequette served as one of the SEC’s most impactful pass-rushers. He totaled 23.5 sacks and 31 tackles for loss in 48 games with the Razorbacks. Bequette earned first-team All-SEC honors in 2011 after recording 10 sacks in 10 games.
The New England Patriots selected him 90th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, two rounds after selecting Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones and Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Despite his college success, Bequette did not record any statistics in eight games across two seasons with the Patriots.
He played 36 special teams snaps in five games during the 2013 season. Although he remained on the Patriots’ practice squad for all of the 2014 season, he received a Super Bowl ring when Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson in the final seconds.
A position switch to tight end didn’t pan out for Bequette, who was released with an injury settlement in September 2015. He joined the United States Army in 2017 and served a five-month deployment in Iraq two years later.
Several sports figures have pursued political careers in recent years
If Bequette defeats Boozman in 2022, at least one thing won’t change regarding that seat.
Bequette played on the Razorbacks’ defensive line from 2007-12. Decades earlier, Boozman played linebacker and offensive tackle at Arkansas in the early 1970s. They’re far from the only notable ex-athletes making waves in the political world.
Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez represents Ohio’s 16th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Elsewhere in the House of Representatives is ex-NFL safety Burgess Owens, who represents Utah’s 4th District.
Legendary Georgia Bulldogs running back Herschel Walker is the co-chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Although Walker has been linked to running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia, he had not publicly announced a campaign as of publication.
Caitlyn Jenner, the retired Olympian, is running for Governor of California. And don’t forget about longtime college football head coach Tommy Tuberville, the junior U.S. Senator from Alabama.
In a situation where Bequette wins, he and Tuberville may want to catch up over lunch. The Razorbacks upset No. 20 Auburn, 25-22, on Oct. 11, 2008, in Bequette’s redshirt freshman season. Actually, considering Tuberville stepped down after the season and the Tigers’ 5-7 finish, maybe they should stick to pleasantries in the hallway.