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Five Ravens who could have a future in politics

The results are in from Tuesday's midterm elections. Martin O'Malley beat Bob Ehrlich to earn a second term as governor. And voters approved slots at Arundel Mills mall, which hopefully means we won't have to hear about them any longer (for the record, I am always pro-casino, no matter the conversation).

Why am I mentioning politics? Up in New Jersey, former NFL lineman Jon Runyan won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler retained his House seat in North Carolina. Awkward NBA big man Shawn Bradley lost his election in Utah, and awkward NBA big man Chris Dudley is in a race that is still too close to call in Oregon.

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This got me thinking about which Ravens could have a future in politics (hey, I can only spend so much mental energy mulling over punt return candidates). Here are the five players I came up with (but try not to take them too seriously, OK?):

5. Joe Flacco: Sure, the Ravens quarterback isn't as fiery as, say, Howard Dean. But Flacco's ability to manage big egos in the Ravens huddle would make him an intriguing candidate for Secretary of State. Watch your back, Hillary Clinton!

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4. Brendon Ayanbadejo: The special-teams whiz clearly has more on his mind than football. Ayanbadejo made headlines when he stood up for same-sex marriages a year ago.

3. Ray Lewis: He is already the unofficial mayor of Baltimore (sorry, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake). And the city would pack the polls should Lewis ever decide to enter the political game once his NFL career is over -- well, after he is done blowing up the rest of the solar system, of course.

2. Matt Birk: A no-brainer. Harvard grad. Giving in the community. And like Runyan, a lovable lineman.

1. Domonique Foxworth: Foxworth is the youngest member of the executive committee in NFL Players Association history and could eventually become the president of the NFLPA. His post-aspirations are probably far greater than that, though. Foxworth for President of the USA maybe?

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