In a campaign season that has become defined by the rise of the outsider with billionaire businessman Donald Trump, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson and executive Carly Fiorina attracting the attention of the voters and the pollsters, another voice from outside the political world recently chimed in with some common sense words about government gridlock.

NFL Head Coach John Harbaugh, beginning his eighth season with the Baltimore Ravens, was speaking to the sports media recently when he drew an analogy between the NFL and Washington.

Harbaugh, who coached the Ravens to a 2012 Super Bowl win, was discussing the need for increased pre-season training for referees when he made the unexpected detour into politics.

Saying that he believes the NFL and the referees’ union should work together to provide the enhanced training, Harbaugh added, “To me, both sides want it, maybe they should start talking to one another. Maybe like our government, too.”

Sports reporters took note of the detour from football to politics as Coach Harbaugh went on to say, “I’m going Trump here. Build the wall. It’s not that hard.”

Although referencing Donald Trump’s tough stance on establishing border security, the coach expressed understanding and respect for the millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S.

“At the same time, we’ve got 12-15 million hard-working people here. Give them a shot! Give them a chance to become a citizen!”

Harbaugh echoed an increasing majority of the American public who believe border security is one of the most pressing matters facing the country and making it a key issue in the 2016 presidential election. Virtually every other country in the world has tougher immigration policies in place than the U.S. “If you don’t have a border, you don’t have a country.”

When the surprised reporters asked, possibly only half in jest, if Harbaugh was hinting at a possible run for public office, he responded, “I might be coming out, I might be running.”

Harbaugh touched on the theme that is resonating with a public dissatisfied with partisan bickering and political standoffs in D.C.

“Maybe talk to one another, solve a problem once in a while, instead of creating a problem. Be more concerned about the country than you are your party. How about we do that? Let’s try to fix things around here, you know, in this country. That’s what made us great.”

If he did decide to enter politics, Coach Harbaugh wouldn’t be the first NFL’er to do so. Buffalo Bills quarterback, Jack Kemp, served in the U.S.
House of Representatives and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development before running for president in 1988 and vice-president in 1996 alongside Sen. Bob Dole.
Former president, Gerald Ford, played at Michigan and was offered contracts with the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions before entering politics.

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