DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Former North Dakota State and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Phil Hansen is entering a new career — in Minnesota politics.

Hansen says he is running as a Republican for a newly created state Senate district in western Minnesota. It covers Clay, Norman and part of Becker County, including Detroit Lakes where Hansen lives.

KFGO-AM reports Hansen says helping small businesses would be his priority if he’s elected. He owns a small snow removal and excavation company.

Hansen grew up on a farm near Oakes, N.D., and says he also would focus on agriculture.

After starring for the Bison, Hansen played 11 years for Buffalo and joined the Bills’ Wall of Fame last September.

Democratic state Rep. Kent Eken of Twin Valley is running for the Senate seat.

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Comments (3)
  1. angus says:

    He is well established financially so he is naturally a Republican

    1. Riled 1 says:

      ANGUS – You are right on! Ever wonder why so many pro athletes all of a sudden become so conservative, giving a damn about the needy? Look at Lynn Swann, Mike Morris, Steve Largent, Fran Tarkenton…..The list goes on and on. Now, an exception would be Randy Moss, who stays true to his roots regardless of the money made. They can say what they want but the majority of pro athletes, past and present, are turncoats to the lineage the were raised up in

  2. Gmac says:

    Got Guns,Jesus, football and beer,Tea Party wannabe.