Former Sun Devil signal-caller Andrew Walter is looking to reign over Tempe once again in 2014 as he sets his sights on Arizona's District 9 seat in the U.S. Congress.
Walter, a Republican, would have to beat out the rest of the Republican field as well as incumbent Kyrsten Sinema to earn the honor. But the good news is that he could have a city of grateful football fans backing him up.
As this map shows, the 9th District is made up all of Tempe as well as parts of Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Paradise Valley and Phoenix. And although it's almost been 10 years since he last donned the maroon and gold, the ASU faithful likely have not forgotten his extensive accomplishments.
Walter finished his four-year playing career at Arizona State (2001-2004) with a 22-16 record, surpassing John Elway's long-held Pac-10 touchdown record with 85 scores through the air in the process. To this day, Walter still owns the university records for most touchdown passes, passing yards (10,617 yards) and pass attempts (1,416) in a career as well as the single game record for passing yards (536 yards vs. Oregon in 2002) and the single season record for touchdown passes (30 in 2004).
But since tossing around a pigskin at a highly efficient rate doesn't have much to do with politics, here's Walter's message on the front page of his campaign site:
"I've been to many different place over the year, but Arizona will always be my home. I want to take the hard work and dedication the Walter name is known for and make a difference in Washington."
As many of you are well aware, the Raiders also selected Walter with the 69th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. And after "choosing" to leave the NFL at age 27 following three seasons in Oakland and short stint in New England, Walter returned to Arizona State and earned a MBA from the WP Carey School of Business.
While we're skeptical of Walter's usage of the "choosing" due to his professional touchdown-to-interception ratio (3-to-16), his well-rounded, post-football resume speaks for itself (and can be found here).
And while we at House of Sparky aren't exactly in the political endorsement business, we figure if an adulterous cyborg from Austria once ran California, why can't one of the best quarterbacks in ASU history make some decisions for his former fans in Tempe?