Tommy Tuberville looking to make successful transition from sports to politics

With an endorsement from President Donald Trump, former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville has won the Republican nomination for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat. 

Tuberville defeated former Senator and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Tuesday night's GOP runoff. He will now will face Democrat Doug Jones in the November general election.

Tuberville coached for a total of 21 seasons at Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati, going 159-99, before leaving the coaching ranks in 2016 and trying his hand at politics. He went 85-40 in 10 years at Auburn — the highlight was an undefeated 13-0 season in 2004 in which he led the Tigers to the SEC title and a Sugar Bowl victory. 

Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville leaves the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium after a 17-10 victory over Alabama in 2007. (Photo: John Reed, USA TODAY Sports)

If Tuberville is successful in November, he'll join a list of other sports figures who have won political office. That list includes: 

— U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), former two-time NCAA champion wrestler and three-time All-American at Wisconsin.

U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), a former wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts from 2007-11.

— U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas),  a former NFL linebacker for the Tennessee Titans from 2006-10.

— Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris, an eight-year veteran NFL linebacker with the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs from 2002-08.

Jackson County (Mo.) county executive Frank White, an 18-year MLB veteran, five-time All-Star and 1985 World Series champion second baseman with the Kansas City Royals.

— Franklin County (Wash.) commissioner Clint Didier, a former NFL tight end and two-time Super Bowl champion with the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers from 1981-89.

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