Election 2012: Sports figures and politics

Jon Runyan was a standout tackle with Michigan and in the NFL. Now he is a U.S. congressman. Getty Images, AP Photo

Election Day 2012 will see many people with ties to sports running for political office. Former NFL tackle Jon Runyan is one of those notable names as he seeks re-election in New Jersey.

Then there's Linda McMahon’s Senate bid in Connecticut; she is the former WWE CEO and is married to Vince McMahon.

Here's a look at all of them:

Notable Sports Figures Running For National or State Office

This is certainly not the first time that former athletes or people tied to sports have run for political office. Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley is a former U.S. senator, while other notable names with sports backgrounds include George W. Bush, Jesse Ventura, Steve Largent, Jack Kemp and George Allen:

Notable Former Elected Officials With Sports Ties

• R - George Allen -- former senator from Virginia -- former quarterback at UVA, son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach George Allen

• D - Bill Bradley -- former U.S. senator -- Basketball Hall of Famer

• R - President Gerald R. Ford -- 38th president of the United States -- played football at Michigan

• R - Jack Kemp -- 1996 vice presidential candidate, former congressman -- played football in AFL, multiple-time All Star

• R - J.C. Watts - former Oklahoma congressman, elected in 1994 Republican Revolution -- played football at Oklahoma, won two Orange Bowls, played in CFL

• R - Steve Largent - former Oklahoma congressman, elected in 1994 Republican Revolution, now the top cellphone industry lobbyist -- Pro Football Hall of Famer

• R - Ben Nighthorse Campbell - former U.S. senator from Colorado (Democrat-turned-Republican) -- captain of 1964 U.S. Judo Team, participated in Summer Olympics

• R - President Richard M. Nixon -- 37th president of the United States -- played football at Whittier College

• R - President Dwight D. Eisenhower -- 34th president of the United States -- played football at West Point (once tackled the legendary Jim Thorpe)

• I - Jesse Ventura -- former governor of Minnesota -- former professional wrestler, member of WWE Hall of Fame

• R - President George H.W. Bush -- 41st president of the United States -- former captain of Yale baseball team

• R - Robert B. Mathias -- former California congressman, elected in 1966 -- won gold medal in the decathlon in 1948 and '52 Olympics

• D - Tom McMillen -- former Maryland congressman, elected in 1986 -- member of silver-medal-winning 1972 U.S. Olympic basketball team, scored 5,914 points in 11 NBA seasons

• R - Jim Ryun - former Kansas congressman -- great American miler, set men's high school mile record at 3:55.3, won silver medal in the 1,500-meter run in 1968 Olympics

• R - President George W. Bush -- 43rd president of the United States -- former owner of the Texas Rangers

• R - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- former governor of California -- former bodybuilder, multiple-time Mr. Olympia winner