The NFL Players Association’s political action committee has begun donating to candidates from its war chest ahead of the November midterms.
According to Federal Election Commission filings, The NFLPA One Team PAC gave $5,000 to former Tennessee Titans linebacker Colin Allred, a Democrat facing Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions in Dallas to represent Texas’ 32nd District. Allred was who he worked for after his playing career ended in 2010. Interestingly enough, one of Sessions’ biggest campaign donors is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, as well as other executive members of the Cowboys organization.
The NFLPA One Team PAC also donated to former Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican running for a seat being vacated by Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci.
The NFLPA One Team PAC raised over $700,000 in a single day last year according to FEC filings. Some current players, none bigger than Tom Brady, maxed out their PAC contributions by donating $5,000.
Current NFLPA presidents Eric Winston said about 90% of players around the league have donated to the PAC.
“It’s not just three guys donating big checks,” he said. “We’ve educated and tried to let guys know over the years, ‘Listen, this is how the NFL plays, this is how other people play, and we’re going to have to play on these different fields.’ The political field is one of them, and the PAC will allow us to be able to move the needle on issues that we care about.“
One of those issues remains Congress’ ongoing study on the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries suffered in games.
The NFL’s league offices have their own PAC, largely funded by team owners and other front office executives with a different political agenda than the NFLPA PAC. The Sport Lobby has a breakdown of their spending thus far here.