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He’ll Block Runaway Spending The Way He Blocked Pat Leahy’s Field Goal

An NFL-to-NRCC pipeline appears to be forming. First Jon Runyan, now Fred Smerlas?

WEEI sports radio regular Fred Smerlas is again considering jumping into the political world – but not in Massachusetts.

Smerlas is mulling a run for Congress in western New York – where he spent over a decade playing for the Buffalo Bills

The 53-year-old Republican and ex-New England Patriot may just take on Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter.

“I’m always up for a good fight,” said Smerlas, a father of three who lives in Sudbury.

In the coming weeks, Smerlas told MediaBiz, he’s heading to his old turf to talk politics with his close friend, NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci.

“There’s nothing left in western New York. It breaks my heart to see what’s been done up there. I shed some blood on the field,” said Smerlas. “It’s been neglected by the representation. That got under my skin.”

As a nose tackle, Smerlas was a tough player, the kind of guy who could hit you so hard, it would knock your dead sister’s dentures out.

As a Jets fan, I grumble, but the last Buffalo Bill to get involved in GOP politics turned out to be Jack Kemp, and that guy was pretty darn good…

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