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Ex-football star Riemersma eyes congressional seat

Former Michigan and Buffalo Bills tight end Jay Riemersma (REE'-muhrz-muh) has designs on Congress.

The Grand Rapids Press reports Wednesday Riemersma has filed paperwork to run for U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra's (HUCK'-struhz) 2nd District seat in southwestern Michigan. Hoekstra, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for governor in 2010.

Riemersma also is a Republican. He played at Zeeland High School, about 20 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Riemersma went undrafted out of Michigan in 1996, but signed with Buffalo, where he played until 2002. He tore his right Achilles' tendon in 2004 while playing for the Steelers and retired in 2006.

He caught 221 passes for 2,524 yards and scored 23 touchdowns in 112 NFL games.

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press,

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