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Rep. Burgess Owens speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix. (Photo: Gage Skidmore).

Congressman who played for Jets backs Mayfield

Burgess Owens backs GOP candidate taking on Watson Coleman

By David Wildstein, April 11 2022 12:01 am

Burgess Owens, a Republican congressman from Utah and a former NFL player for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, has endorsed Darius Mayfield for Congress in New Jersey’ 12th district.

“He’s a true fighter.  He’s a stand-out candidate bringing voice to conservatives in a state that needs fighters to step forward,” Owens said of Mayfield.  “Darius is a Black conservative who grew up in an underserved neighborhood in a single-parent household.  He has an amazing story.”

Mayfield is challenging Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) in a district that was drawn to favor Democrats.

“We need leaders and principled conservatives to stand with me in Washington,’ said Owens.  That’s who Darius is.  He has defined his campaign with one simple phrase: “No Black.  Not White.  American.

Owens was an All-American defensive back at the University of Miami and was drafted by the Jets in 1973.  He played for the Jets through 1972, and with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders from 1980 to 1982.  He was a member of the Raiders’ 1980 Super Bowl XV team.

He was elected to the House in 2020, ousting freshman Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah) by a 48%-47% margin.

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