Former BYU and NFL player announces congressional run

Former BYU and NFL player announces congressional run

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HIGHLAND -- Former BYU football player Jason Buck announced Thursday he will run for a Utah congressional seat in 2012.

It will be Buck's first campaign for public office. "For my entire life I have been fighting for what is right and it is time to roll big government back," said Buck, a Republican. "Government has grown too large and it takes too much from its citizens."

Buck referenced his experience with turning adversity into success as a contribution he can make to Congress.

The former Cougar played on BYU's defensive line from 1985-1986, being named the WAC player of the year in 1985 and winning the Outland Trophy in 1986.

Government has grown too large and it takes too much from its citizens.

–Jason Buck

The Outland Trophy is awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America to the best U.S. college football interior lineman.

The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Buck in the first round of the 1987 NFL draft. One year after moving to the Washington Redskins in 1991, he helped them to a victory in Super Bowl XXVI.

Buck retired after the 1993 season.

"I know what it's like to get knocked down and get back up again," said Buck, referencing his childhood on a farm and his athletic past. "Utah deserves a representative who will fight for them and stand strong for their liberty and security."

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