Anthony Gonzalez

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Anthony Gonzalez
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
Succeeding Jim Renacci
Personal details
Born (1984-09-18) September 18, 1984 (age 34)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Ohio State University (BA)
Stanford University (MBA)

Football career
No. 11
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 99
Receiving yards: 1,307
Receiving touchdowns: 7
Player stats at

Anthony E. Gonzalez (born September 18, 1984) is an American politician and former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Ohio State and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2018.[1]

Early years

Gonzalez's Cuban American father immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba after Fidel Castro took power.[2] His father is now president of Ferragon Corporation, a steel company.[2] His mother is the daughter of a World War II veteran.[3]

Gonzalez attended St. Joseph grade school in Avon Lake, Ohio, and then attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a two sport standout in both football and track. In football, he was a two-way player. As a senior, he was a first team All-State honoree as well as the Associated Press and The Plain Dealer Co-Defensive Player of the Year, catching 71 passes for 1,873 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 26.4 yards per catch set a school record. In track, he lettered for four years and qualified for the state finals as a junior and senior. Gonzalez also played basketball as a freshman.[citation needed]

College career

Gonzalez was a 3-year letterman at Ohio State University, playing with fellow future NFL wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn Jr and Roy Hall as well as Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Troy Smith. As a junior, Gonzalez was an All-Big Ten choice by league coaches. Gonzalez was also an Academic All-American, majoring in philosophy.[4]

Professional career

2007 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
31.00 in
(0.79 m)
9.38 in
(0.24 m)
4.44 s 1.57 s 2.59 s 4.08 s 6.54 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Indianapolis Colts

Gonzalez was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 32nd selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, and was taken to become the Colts slot receiver. He was one of three Ohio State receivers selected in that draft.

In Gonzalez's first year, he caught 37 passes for 576 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The following season Gonzalez caught 57 passes for 664 yards and 4 touchdowns.

In 2009, Gonzalez earned the starting wide receiver position along with Reggie Wayne after Marvin Harrison was released from the team in the off-season. He injured his right knee during the season opener against Jacksonville Jaguars and was expected to miss up to eight weeks,[6] although he failed to return that season and was placed on injured reserve on December 24.

In 2010, Gonzalez lost the starting wide receiver position due to missing the 2009 season being on injured reserve. He played in a total of two games as a slot receiver with only 5 catches for 67 yards and no touchdowns. He injured his PCL in his left leg in week 8 against the Houston Texans and was placed on Injured Reserve for the rest of the year.

Gonzalez's role in the Colts offense diminished even further during the 2011 regular season. He played in only eight games and did not catch a pass. He became an unrestricted free agent the following off-season.

New England Patriots

On March 17, 2012, Gonzalez signed with the New England Patriots.[7] He was released by the Patriots on May 29, 2012.[8] Gonzalez decided to retire and subsequently enrolled in the Stanford Graduate School of Business in September 2012.[9]

Career statistics

Season 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Receptions 37 57 0 5 0
Yards 576 664 0 67 0
Touchdowns 3 4 0 0 0


After retiring from football, Gonzalez earned his Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Political career

2018 congressional election

Gonzalez filed to run for the United States House of Representatives in Ohio's 16th congressional district in 2018 as a Republican. He won the election on November 6, 2018, with 57% percent of the vote. [1] [10] Gonzalez raised over $525,000 in less than a month after announcing his run, including donations from former NFL teammate Peyton Manning, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and several other former NFL and college football players.[11] [12]

Gonzalez defeated former healthcare device salesperson Susan Moran Palmer in the general election on November 6, 2018, with 57% of the vote.[13]

Personal life

Gonzalez, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son live in Rocky River, Ohio.


  1. ^ a b Anthony Gonzalez, former Ohio State University football star, files to run for Congress in Ohio
  2. ^ a b Local Cuban-American businessman talks President's trip
  4. ^ "Anthony Gonzalez: The Official Website of the Indianapolis Colts". Archived from the original on September 5, 2008.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Colts WR Gonzalez could miss up to eight weeks; Baskett signs".
  7. ^ "Patriots sign free agent WR Anthony Gonzalez".
  8. ^ "Patriots Release WR Anthony Gonzalez".
  9. ^ "Ex-Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez is in graduate school". Indy Star. September 28, 2012.
  10. ^ How the 9 former athletes running for office performed in Tuesday's election
  11. ^ Peyton Manning, other sports figures get behind Anthony Gonzalez's bid for Congress
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Former Colts Receiver Anthony Gonzalez Elected To Congress". November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.

External links

  • Indianapolis Colts bio
  • Campaign website
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