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Didier in 2010.
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|Date of birth:||April 4, 1959|
|Place of birth:||Connell, Washington|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school:||Connell (WA)|
|NFL draft:||1981 / Round: 12 / Pick: 314|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Clint Bradley Didier (born April 4, 1959) is a former professional American football player. He was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins from 1982 to 1987 and for the Green Bay Packers from 1988 to 1989. He was inducted into the Portland State Football Hall of Fame in 2000, and into the Central Washington Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
He was a candidate for the United States Senate in the U.S. state of Washington in the 2010 mid-term elections. He was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Washington's 4th congressional district in 2014.
Pro football career
Didier won two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Redskins, in Super Bowl XVII and Super Bowl XXII. He was also the Redskins' second leading receiver in Super Bowl XVIII, catching five passes for 65 yards in their 38-9 loss. He scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXII. He finished his NFL career with 141 receptions for 1,923 yards and 21 touchdowns in 105 games.
High school football coaching career
Didier is currently the co-head football coach, along with Wayne Riner, at Connell High School in Connell, Washington. He has led the Eagles to the finals four years, winning the division 1A state championship in 2002 and 2009, and getting runners-up in 2006 and 2007.
2010 candidacy for U.S. Senate
On May 20, 2010, Didier was endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. On July 9, 2010, Didier was endorsed by Congressman Ron Paul. He finished third in Washington's top-two primary, getting 12.76% of the vote.
Didier does not believe people should rely on government handouts. He has said that businesses should be allowed to fail in the free market and social programs for the poor should be slashed.
Didier advocates a non-interventionist foreign policy, similar to that of Ron Paul. Didier says: "I subscribe to Jefferson’s view, and favor a non-interventionist philosophy. We need to stop trying to police the world and telling other nations how to manage their affairs. It is depleting our wealth and draining our national spirit. America is a republic; therefore let's stop trying to spread 'democracy.'"
When Didier was criticized for receiving farm subsidies, Seattle Times columnist Bruce Ramsey, defended Didier, noting that the subsidies, "for wheat and corn, amounted to $103,888 — and were paid over 14 years. That averages out to $7,421 a year on a farm operation in which one year's water, power and taxes add up to more than $100,000. So the subsidies were not big. But he did take them. Does that mean we can dismiss him as a spokesman for a philosophy of small government? I don't think so." Didier refuted the criticism by explaining the economic concept of competitive disadvantage, "If your neighbor has an advantage, he is in the position to buy the next farm up for sale." Didier favors weaning farms off such payments and said to the Seattle Times, "[...] get the government completely out of the market. Let's get rid of the farm bill. Let's get rid of all of it."
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- Brunner, Jim (2010-05-17). "Candidate who bashes U.S. aid got thousands in subsidies for farm". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2010-08-11.