Ex-Skins QB Heath Shuler says he won't run for NC Governor

Former Tennessee QB Heath Shuler is staying out of the Governor's race for now. (USATSI)

There was some scuttlebutt this week during the lead up to the 2016 elections that former Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler might make a bid at running for Governor of North Carolina. He's holding pat, at least for now.

On Thursday the former Congressman told Jones and Blount, a North Carolina-based political website, that he's sticking with his position at Duke Energy and that's his "focus." 

"I am enjoying my work for Duke Energy, a great company, and that is my focus," Shuler said.

The website reported Shuler's camp was contemplating a possible run, or at least inquiring into the possibility of Shuler floating his name out there. (As best we can tell: Shuler's a democrat and would throw his name in the ring against Roy Cooper, who's challenging incumbent Pat McCrory.)

Shuler, a native of North Carolina, lives in Waynesville (NC) and works for the state's largest energy company. 

He's best known in football circles for being a Heisman runner up at Tennessee and promptly becoming a massive bust after being selected third overall by the Redskins in the 1994 NFL Draft

Shuler also played for the Saints before leaving football. He'd enter politics in 2006 and served as a Congressman for North Carolina for six years before moving back to the private industry, where he apparently intends to stay.

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