Anthony Gonzalez

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Anthony Gonzalez
Anthony Gonzalez, official portrait, 116th Congress 2.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJim Renacci
Personal details
Born (1984-09-18) September 18, 1984 (age 36)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationOhio State University (BA)
Stanford University (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Football career
No. 11
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
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
Receiving yards:1,307
Receiving touchdowns:7
Player stats at

Anthony E. Gonzalez (born September 18, 1984) is an American politician and former professional football player. A member of the Republican Party, he has been serving as the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th congressional district since 2019. 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 and was sworn in on January 3, 2019.[1]

Early years[edit]

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[edit]

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] Gonzalez finished his college career playing in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game, where the Ohio State Buckeyes lost to the Florida Gators 41-14.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
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[edit]

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.

During Gonzalez’s time with Indianapolis, the Colts won three AFC South Division titles (2007, 2009-2010), an AFC Championship (2009), and a trip to Super Bowl XLIV.

New England Patriots[edit]

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[edit]

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.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


2018 general election[edit]

Gonzalez filed to run for the United States House of Representatives in Ohio's 16th congressional district in 2018 as a Republican. His predecessor, Republican Jim Renacci, retired from the seat to mount an unsuccessful Senate campaign against incumbent Sherrod Brown. Gonzalez won the election on November 6, 2018, with 57 percent of the vote, becoming the first Latino to represent Ohio in Congress.[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] Along with Texas Democrat Colin Allred, he was one of two former NFL players to be elected to Congress in 2018.


Committee assignments[edit]

In the 116th Congress he is serving on the following committees:

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Anthony Gonzalez 34,056 53.06
Republican Christina Hagan 26,185 40.79
Republican Michael Grusenmeyer 3,946 6.15
Total votes 64,187 100
Ohio's 16th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Anthony Gonzalez 170,029 56.7
Democratic Susan Moran Palmer 129,681 43.3
Total votes 299,710 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  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
  3. ^ "MEET ANTHONY". Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  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". Archived from the original on 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-03-17.
  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. ^

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Renacci
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jared Golden
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Lance Gooden