Thursday, October 20, 2011

Former Griz Jimmy Farris running for U.S. Congress

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM

The charismatic wide receiver who went on to play in the NFL declared his candidacy last weekend for Idaho's First Congressional District.

Ferris, 33, is probably best known for catching an overtime touchdown pass that sent the Griz to the 2000 national championship game. He went on to sign with the San Francisco 49ers and played for seven different NFL teams, including the Washington Redskins. He told the D.C. Sports Bog his time in D.C. influenced his decision to run.

“It’s funny, that stuff is awe-inspiring for someone who had never been there or seen some of that,” Farris told the Bog. “I remember being there and thinking what a calling it is to be a part of this, what an honor for these guys to serve in Congress.”

According to reports, Farris had been living in Atlanta but moved to back to his home state earlier this year. He's running as a Democrat for a seat currently held by Republican Raul Labrador.

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