Which professional athlete, coach, front office employee or owner would make the best commander in chief? And who would round out his or her Cabinet? A few requirements: no collegiate athletes; the athlete must be a U.S. citizen; and the athlete must play his or her sport in the United States.
President: Peyton Manning
The Indianapolis Colts quarterback and four-time NFL MVP looks and acts presidential. He’s well-spoken, a tireless worker and a superb leader.
Vice president: Grant Hill
After injuries robbed him of his franchise player status, Hill reinvented himself as a great role player. VP’s must be egoless.
Secretary of state: Shane Battier
A former NCAA Player of the Year at Duke is known as one of the NBA’s best “glue guys.” He’d be a perfect ambassador for the United States.
Secretary of the treasury: Mark Cuban
As someone who’s innovative, smart and filthy rich, Cuban fits the bill.
Secretary of defense: Rex Ryan
After coordinating dominating defenses in Baltimore for four years, the past two seasons Rex’s New York Jets’ defense lines have been first and third in the NFL in total yards allowed, respectively.
Attorney general: David Stern
The law of the land must be upheld. Stern, a former lawyer, has ruled the NBA since 1984.
Secretary of the interior: Dwight Howard
The NBA’s two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year is as strong as an ox, built like a Greek god and routinely reroutes shots into the stands.
Secretary of agriculture: Paula Creamer
Creamer has nine LPGA Tour wins and is the future of American women’s golf.
Secretary of commerce: Rubén Amaro Jr.
In 2009, he traded for Cliff Lee. In 2010, he acquired Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt and lured Lee away from the Yankees. Baseball’s titan of trade is perfect for this position.
Secretary of labor: Roger Goodell
OK, so this one’s a bit of a joke. But amid the NFL’s serious labor issues, the commissioner has improved working conditions by strictly enforcing illegal hits.
Secretary of health and human services: John Daly
Daly still might not be the pinnacle of good health, but with some help from lap-band surgery, he’s shed more than 100 pounds and given up drinking.
Secretary of housing and urban development: Gilbert Arenas
What’s a big issue in cities? Crime. What are used to commit so many crimes? Guns. Arenas surely has learned his lesson about gun control after he brought two handguns into the Washington Wizards’ locker room in 2009.
Secretary of transportation: Jimmie Johnson
This was an easy choice. Johnson has won five consecutive Sprint Cup championships.
Secretary of energy: Blake Griffin
The Los Angeles Clippers forward is the front-runner for Rookie of the Year and just won the dunk contest. His “hops” are measured in yardsticks and his dunks register on the Richter scale.
Secretary of education: Kobe Bryant
There’s no one better suited to instruct the nation’s youngsters than the man who has transformed his game over the years by studying basketball’s greatest players.
Secretary of veterans affairs: Omar Vizquel
The Chicago White Sox infielder, two months shy of his 44th birthday, is currently the MLB’s oldest player.
Secretary of homeland security: Ray Lewis
Hard to go wrong with a 12-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL Defensive MVP to guard the White House. He already protects the house of Under Armour and the Baltimore Ravens.