Heath Shuler

Joseph Heath Shuler (born December 31, 1971) is an American businessman, former NFL quarterback and former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district from 2007 to 2013. He was a member of the Democratic Party and the Blue Dog Coalition.

During his years in Congress, Shuler was known for challenging the leadership of his party, which he believed had moved too far to the left. In 2010, he ran against Nancy Pelosi for the post of Minority Leader. He believed the challenge would add to his prominence as a leader of conservative and moderate Democrats. He was one of the leaders of the Blue Dog Democrats, whose numbers were severely reduced by Republican gains in the 2010 midterm elections. This left him with a lower profile in the national media than he had previously enjoyed.

Shuler's congressional district covered the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina; the largest city in the district is Asheville, which has voted strongly Democratic, in part influenced by retirees from northern and midwestern areas. On February 2, 2012, after the Republican-dominated legislature had redrawn boundaries of the 10th and 11th congressional districts, removing half of Asheville and making the district more Republican in terms of voter history, Shuler announced his retirement from the House. He did not seek re-election to a fourth term.[1]

Heath Shuler
Heath Shuler, official 110th Congressional photo portrait
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 11th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byCharles H. Taylor
Succeeded byMark Meadows
Personal details
Joseph Heath Shuler

December 31, 1971 (age 47)
Bryson City, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nikol Davis
EducationUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville (BA)

Football career
No. 21, 5
Personal information
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Bryson City (NC) Swain Co.
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
QB Rating:54.3
Player stats at NFL.com
Gaffney, S.C. (2215341039)
Shuler introducing John Edwards at an event for his 2008 presidential campaign

Early years

Shuler was born in Bryson City, North Carolina, a small town in the Great Smoky Mountains near the Tennessee border.[2] His father was a mail carrier and his mother a homemaker and volunteer with the Swain County Youth Association; he has a younger brother, Benjie.[3][4]

Shuler's athletic career began at Swain County High School in Bryson City.[5] A standout quarterback who led his team to two state championships, he was named as the North Carolina High School Player of the Year. He attracted scout attention and accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of Tennessee in 1990.

College career

Under head coaches Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer, Shuler gained national attention as one of the SEC's top quarterbacks. After a limited role in the 1991 season behind quarterback Andy Kelly, he became a prolific passer.[6] In the 1992 season, he passed for 1,712 passing yards, ten touchdowns, and four interceptions as Tennessee finished with a 9–3 record.[7] The next season, he finished with 2,354 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and eight interceptions as Tennessee finished with a 9–2–1 record.[8] He held nearly all Volunteer passing records by the end of his collegiate career; most were subsequently eclipsed by Peyton Manning. In 1993, Shuler came in second behind Charlie Ward in the vote for the Heisman Trophy.[9]

Collegiate statistics

Year School Conf Pos Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1991 Tennessee SEC QB 2 4 50.0 23 5.8 10.8 1 0 180.8
1992 Tennessee SEC QB 130 224 58.0 1,712 7.6 7.7 10 4 133.4
1993 Tennessee SEC QB 184 285 64.6 2,354 8.3 8.8 25 8 157.3
Career Tennessee 316 513 61.6 4,089 8.0 8.3 36 12 147.0

Professional football career

Shuler was a first-round selection in the 1994 NFL Draft, taken by the Washington Redskins with the third overall pick.[10] He held out of training camp until he received a 7-year, $19.25 million contract, most of the holdout being due to Shuler's agent and the Redskins general manager discussing the parameters of the contract. The Redskins had fallen on hard times since winning Super Bowl XXVI, and Shuler was considered the quarterback of the future. However, Shuler's poor play contributed to a quarterback controversy with fellow 1994 draft pick, seventh-rounder Gus Frerotte. Public and fan sentiment soon began to back Frerotte, especially after Shuler threw five interceptions in a 19–16 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.[11] Shuler started 18 games in his first two years with the team and was benched in his third year, as Frerotte led the team.[12]

After the 1996 season, Shuler was traded to the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round pick in the 1997 draft and a third-round pick in 1998.[13] Shuler's statistics remained poor. He suffered a serious foot injury during the 1997 season in New Orleans and had two surgeries to try to correct it. Football statistics site Football Outsiders called Shuler "The least valuable quarterback of 1997."[14]

After being unable to take the field due to his foot injury in his second season in New Orleans, Shuler signed with the Oakland Raiders. After re-injuring his foot in training camp, he was cut and later retired.[15] As a professional, his career passer rating was a 54.3. In 2004, ESPN rated him the 17th biggest 'sports flop' of the past 25 years,[16] along with the 4th biggest NFL Draft bust.[17] The NFL Network ranked Shuler as the ninth-biggest bust in NFL history.[18]

Real estate career

After retiring from the NFL, Shuler returned to the University of Tennessee and completed his degree in psychology.[19] He became a real estate professional in Knoxville, Tennessee. His real estate company is one of the largest independent firms in East Tennessee. In 2003, Shuler moved to Biltmore Forest, North Carolina.

U.S. House of Representatives



In July 2005, Shuler announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination to run against eight-term incumbent Republican Charles H. Taylor. North Carolina's 11th congressional district covered most of the Western North Carolina mountains where Shuler grew up.

When Shuler ran in 2006, he was a tough target for opponents. His views on social issues seemed to be in line with the traditionally conservative district and he did not have a legislative record for opponents to attack. His campaign points were based on supporting cultural "mountain values:" opposing abortion rights, same-sex marriage and gun control. Taylor, an Appropriations subcommittee chairman, campaigned on his ability to bring federal money to the district. In October, with polls showing Taylor trailing, The Wall Street Journal ran a story about spending earmarks sought by Taylor that benefited many of his business interests.[20] Taylor poured $2.5 million of his own money into his race, and spent $4.4 million overall, compared with Shuler's $1.8 million.[21]

Shuler repeatedly attacked Taylor for failing to stand up for the 11th's interests. For example, he blasted Taylor for missing a vote on the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which passed by only two votes. Shuler pointed out that, according to the House roll call, Taylor voted 11 times on the same day that CAFTA came up for a vote, suggesting he deliberately avoided the vote.[22] Taylor was one of two Republicans who did not vote on the bill, even though he had publicly opposed it in the past.[23]

Taylor, for his part, claimed that Shuler would be an extra vote for Democrat Nancy Pelosi, although Shuler was nearly as conservative on social issues as Taylor.[24]

In the November election, Shuler won with 54 percent of the vote to Taylor's 46 percent. He carried nine of the district's 15 counties, including several areas that had reliably supported Taylor over the years. He even carried Taylor's home county of Transylvania. Shuler was one of only two Democrats to defeat an incumbent in the South that year. His victory gave the Democrats a majority of the state's congressional delegation for the first time since the 1994 elections.

In 2009, a documentary film about the successful 2006 Democratic campaign to retake control of the House, HouseQuake, prominently featured then-Congressman Rahm Emanuel's efforts to recruit new candidates including Shuler. "Mr. Emanuel's efforts to get him to run offer one of the most revealing moments in the film," including two weeks of frequent phone calls about the balancing of family and Congressional obligations. The film was directed and produced by Karen Elizabeth Price, daughter of Congressman David Price who represents North Carolina's 4th congressional district.[25]


In 2008, Shuler faced Carl Mumpower, a Republican Asheville city councilman, and Libertarian Keith Smith. Shuler won strongly with 62 percent of the vote. He easily carried all 15 counties in the district, including the traditionally Republican Henderson County.


In early 2009, Shuler was mentioned as a possible candidate to run against Republican Richard Burr for the United States Senate in the next year's elections.[26] He chose not to do so.[27] Shuler defeated Miller, retaining his House seat by a margin of 54% to 46%.[28]


Although Shuler represented a district with a slight Republican bent, he had a lifetime ACU rating of 28.5.[29]

In July 2011, the Republican-dominated General Assembly significantly redrew the 11th. The district and its predecessors had been anchored in Asheville for over a century. However, the new map saw most of heavily Democratic Asheville drawn into the 10th. To make up for the population loss, a number of heavily Republican counties in the Foothills were moved to the 11th. The redistricting reduced the percentage of registered Democrats in the 11th from 43% to 36%. Chris Cooper, a political science professor at Western Carolina University, concluded that the new district was so heavily Republican that Shuler would need to "practically completely separate himself from the Democratic party" in order to have any chance of winning a fourth term.[30] Years later, NBC News concluded that the redrawn 11th was all but unwinnable for a Democrat, even a conservative Democrat like Shuler. The district was drawn in a way that in some neighborhoods, one side of the street moved to the 10th while the other side remained in the 11th.[31]

Over the course of 2011, several persons declared their candidacy for Shuler's seat or expressed interest in a possible run.[32][33]

On February 2, 2012, Shuler announced that he would not run for another term. Years later, he told NBC News that the kind of ultra-precise redistricting that enabled the Republican-dominated legislature to split Asheville between two districts was bad for the country because it made it all but impossible to elect moderates to Congress. He argued that a fairer redistricting system was "the single greatest thing that could happen."[31]



Shuler was a whip of the Blue Dog Coalition, a caucus of moderate-to-conservative House Democrats.[34]

A list of bills sponsored by Shuler in the 112th Congress includes H.R.3065, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act; H.R.2086, the Medical Debt Responsibility Act of 2011; H.R.2000, the SAVE Act of 2011: H.R. 1889, the Gas Tax Holiday Act; and H.R.1434, the International Child Protection Act of 2011.[35]

In 2011, Shuler led a group of House Democrats in pressuring the President to deal with the AT&T and T-Mobile merger. The group pushed for the lawsuit to be settled by the Department of Justice. The group sided with the claim made by AT&T that the merger would create much-needed jobs.[36]

In November 2011, Shuler took the lead in a bipartisan call calling for larger cuts of the U.S. deficit.[37]

In 2007, Shuler introduced proposed legislation co-sponsored with fellow North Carolina U.S. Congressman Walter Jones to require airlines to have sections of the aircraft where large movie screens would not be visible.[38]

Representative Shuler has also been a major supporter of the government of Sri Lanka in Congress.[39]

Reportedly owing to his success in real estate, Shuler was named chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship during the 110th and 111th Congresses.[40] He has also been a deputy-at-large Whip.[41]

Key votes during economic recession

Shuler voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 both times it came before the House.[42][43] He later joined seven other conservative House Democrats in voting against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, an $819 billion economic stimulus bill proposed by President Barack Obama. Shuler also voted against the Affordable Health Care for America Act, or HR 3962, along with 38 other Democrats, despite voting yes on the Stupak amendment in the same bill, which prohibits federal funds to be used for abortions.[44][45] In January 2011, Shuler voted against repealing the law,[46] explaining that the repeal would be immoral.[47]

Cap and trade

Shuler voted in favor of HR 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act which would implement a cap and trade system aimed at controlling pollution.[48]


In 2011, he co-sponsored HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,[49] The bill contained an exception for "forcible rape," which opponents criticized as potentially excluding drug-facilitated rape, date rape, and other forms of rape.[50] The bill also allowed an exception for minors who are victims of incest.[49]


Shuler is a strong advocate of gun rights. On January 10, 2011, the Washington Post reported that "[i]n the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords," Shuler "intends to arm himself more frequently" and is "encouraging his staff members to apply for carry permits." On January 29, 2011, a Doonesbury cartoon made fun of Shuler's plan to carry a gun.

LGBT issues

In April 2009, Shuler voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.[51]

Republican 2011 budget

In July 2011, Shuler was one of five Democrats to vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.[52]

Interest in leadership position

During his 2010 campaign, Shuler showed interest in taking the place of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, if Democrats maintained their majority. On November 4, after Republicans had won a majority of seats in the upcoming Congress, Shuler predicted Pelosi would no longer be a leader in the House. However, if Pelosi wanted to take the minority leader position, Shuler told Roll Call, he would run against her if there were no "viable candidate".[53]

On November 13, 2010, in a long New York Times article about Shuler, Campbell Robertson noted his use of a football analogy to describe the current situation of Congressional Democrats: "It's no different than me as a quarterback," he said. "I didn't play very good. So what they'd do? They benched me." Robertson noted that "Shuler has emerged as one of most prominent voices in the debate on the Democratic Party's immediate future. He was among the first to call for Ms. Pelosi to step down from her leadership role in the new Congress and said he would run for minority leader himself if no alternative emerged (though he admitted that he would be an underdog)." According to Robertson, Shuler felt the Democratic leadership "has been too reflexively partisan" and called for "a more moderate approach." [54]

Robertson observed that North Carolina "has long nurtured a strand of progressivism, particularly on issues like education, and a Sunday school brand of social conservatism — sometimes in the same candidate," and that "North Carolina's curious politics are on full display in Mr. Shuler's district, which ... includes the heavily Democratic city of Asheville, home to yoga studios and holistic medicine centers, as well as staunchly conservative hamlets scattered throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains."[54]

As expected, Pelosi did run for minority leader, and on November 14, Shuler told CNN he would run against her, though he doubted he would win.[55] Shuler lost to Pelosi 150-43 on November 17, but he was pleased that conservative Democrats showed they must be dealt with.[56] On the opening day of the 112th Congress, Shuler received 11 votes for Speaker of the House, which his political aide called "the most dissenting votes recorded in modern history for partisan defections during a vote for Speaker" [57] (Since 1925).[58]

In February 2011, Shuler said that "there has been no communication whatsoever" between the Blue Dog Democrats in Congress and Nancy Pelosi.[59] When Shuler was asked if he identified ideologically with Pelosi or Ronald Reagan more, he chose Reagan. When asked to choose between George W. Bush and Pelosi, he said "neither".[59]

Committee assignments

Post-political career

Shuler transitioned to a lobbying position with Duke Energy to direct its lobbying and government affairs in Washington, D.C., in 2013.[60][61]

Personal life

Shuler is married to Nikol Davis, with whom he has two children: a daughter, Island, and a son, Navy.[62] Shuler remains active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Shuler also serves as a volunteer assistant football coach for Christ School, a boarding and day school located in suburban Asheville. His son Navy also attends Christ School.[63]

In Washington, Shuler lived at the C Street House of The Fellowship, a controversial organization which operates the property as a tax-exempt church and a residence for several congressmen and senators. The building became notorious during a series of political sex scandals in 2009, in which current or former residents John Ensign, Mark Sanford, and Chip Pickering admitted to adulterous affairs, which their housemates knew of but did not publicize.[64] In September 2010, The New Yorker published a piece about the house, focusing on the connection with a secretive religious organization called the Fellowship. Shuler has attended weekly prayer sessions sponsored by the group since his arrival in Washington. In reference to the secrecy, Shuler said "I've been here the whole time, and there's talk about what the Fellowship is, but I honestly have no idea what they're talking about. I honestly don't know what it is."[64]

Electoral history

2006 Race for U.S. House of Representatives — North Carolina 11th District
2008 Race for U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina 11th District
  • Heath Shuler (D) (inc.), 62%
  • Carl Mumpower (R), 36%
  • Keith Smith (LIB), 2%
2010 Race for U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina 11th District
  • Heath Shuler (D) (inc.), 54%
  • Jeff Miller (R), 46%

See also


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles H. Taylor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mark Meadows
Party political offices
Preceded by
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin
Chair of the Blue Dog Coalition for Administration
Served alongside: Mike Ross (Communications), John Barrow (Policy)
Succeeded by
John Barrow
1993 All-SEC football team

The 1993 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1993 college football season.

The Florida Gators won the conference, beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 28 to 13 in the SEC Championship game. The Gators then defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers 41 to 7 in the Sugar Bowl.

Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler was voted SEC Player of the Year.

1993 Hall of Fame Bowl

The 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl featured the 16th-ranked Boston College Eagles, and the 17th ranked Tennessee Vols. It was the seventh edition to the Hall of Fame Bowl. The game marked the first for the Vols under new head coach Phillip Fulmer, replacing Johnny Majors after his resignation.

Tennessee scored first after quarterback Heath Shuler scored on a 1-yard touchdown run making the score 7–0 Tennessee. Shuler fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fleming, as Tennessee led 14–0 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Boston College's Glenn Foley threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell making the halftime score 14–7.

In the third quarter, Shuler scored on a 17-yard touchdown run making it 21–7. After a Tennessee field goal, Shuler threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Mose Phillips, as Tennessee took a 31–7 lead. In the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Colquitt fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fleming as Tennessee opened up a 38–7 lead. A touchdown pass from Foley, and a 7-yard run by Campbell made the final margin 38–23.

1993 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1993 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Volunteers offense scored 484 points while the defense allowed 175 points. Phillip Fulmer was the head coach and led the club to an appearance in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

1994 Florida Citrus Bowl

The 1994 Florida Citrus Bowl was a college football bowl game featuring the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten, against the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC.

1994 Washington Redskins season

The 1994 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 63rd season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 58th in Washington, D.C.

The Redskins' 3–13 season was the worst record the team had posted since 1961, and the fewest wins they have ever had in a 16-game season (later to be matched by their 2013 season). The team was decimated by the loss of head coach Joe Gibbs and the onset of the modern salary cap and free agency system. The Redskins were forced to depend on younger and untested players at many key positions.

The season marked the hiring of head coach Norv Turner, who would spend the next six seasons coaching the Redskins.

In addition to going winless at RFK in 1994, Turner's first season in Washington saw the team lose at home to the Falcons for the first time. Prior to the Falcons' 27-20 victory in Week 4, Atlanta had been 0-10 against the Redskins at RFK. This included a 24-7 loss to the Redskins during Washington's most recent championship season.

1995 Washington Redskins season

The 1995 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League. The team improved on their 3–13 record from 1994, but missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

1997 New Orleans Saints season

The 1997 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints 31st season.

2008 United States House of Representatives elections in North Carolina

The United States House of Representative elections of 2008 in North Carolina were held on 4 November 2008 as part of the biennial election to the United States House of Representatives. All thirteen seats in North Carolina, and 435 nationwide, were elected to the 111th United States Congress. The party primary elections were held 6 May 2008.

Carried on the coattails of Barack Obama winning the state in the presidential election, the Democrats added one seat to their seven won in 2006. The Republican Party won the other five. In the 8th district, Democrat Larry Kissell defeated incumbent Robin Hayes. All other incumbents won re-election. The Republicans' hold on the 10th district had been thought to be at risk by CQ Politics, but Republican Patrick McHenry won re-election. The Democrats increased their total vote share by 1.5% statewide, and 2.5% if excluding the 1st, which the Republicans didn't contest in 2006.

It is not to be confused with the election to the North Carolina House of Representatives, which was held on the same day.

2012 North Carolina gubernatorial election

The 2012 North Carolina gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the 2012 United States presidential election, U.S. House election, statewide judicial election, Council of State election and various local elections.

The incumbent Democratic governor, Bev Perdue, was eligible to run for reelection. However, she announced on January 26, 2012, that she would not seek a second term in office. The Democratic nominee was the incumbent lieutenant governor, Walter H. Dalton, the Republican nominee was former mayor of Charlotte Pat McCrory and the Libertarian nominee was Barbara Howe. McCrory won the election with almost 55 percent of the vote to Dalton's 43 percent, the largest margin of victory for a Republican in an open-seat race for governor since the Reconstruction Era. When he became the 74th governor of North Carolina in January 2013, the Republicans won complete control of state government for the first time since Reconstruction.

30 Something Working Group

The "30 Something" Working Group was composed of ten members of the United States House of Representatives Democratic caucus, most of whom were under the age of forty. After suffering several unsuccessful congressional election years and losing votes of younger Americans (usually a key Democratic demographic), Nancy Pelosi created the "30 Something Working Group" to reach out to younger American voters with the working group often focusing on issues pertinent to younger Americans.

Active primarily during the 109th Congress, when the Democrats were the minority party, the group's stated mission was "engaging the next generation of Americans further in government and the political process". While Congress was in session, popular weekly (and sometimes daily) broadcasts of the group speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives on a range of issues aired on C-SPAN. For much of its history, the group was led by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Kendrick Meek, both of whom were from South Florida.

Cecil Bothwell

Cecil Bothwell (born 16 October 1950) is an American politician, writer, artist, musician and builder. Bothwell was elected to the Asheville, North Carolina city council in 2009 and reelected in 2013, but lost in the 2017 primary, coming in 7th out of 12 candidates.

In 2011, Bothwell announced he would challenge U.S. Representative Heath Shuler in the Democratic primary for North Carolina's 11th congressional district in the 2012 U.S. House of Representatives election. On May 8, 2012, he lost the Democratic primary to Hayden Rogers by a margin of 55-30 percent.

Charles H. Taylor

Charles Hart Taylor (born January 21, 1941) is an American politician; a Republican, he represented North Carolina's 11th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. He began serving in 1991 and continued through January 3, 2007.

Taylor was born in Brevard, North Carolina. He attended Wake Forest University, where he received his BA in 1963 and his law degree (Juris Doctor) from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1966. He operates a cattle farm in Brevard, several tree farms around Western North Carolina, and is also involved in banking. He served in the North Carolina General Assembly as a Republican from Transylvania County from 1967 to 1975 — serving in the State House from 1967 to 1973 and the State Senate from 1973 to 1975. He then returned to his business interests until entering Congress.

Jason Layman

Jason Layman (born July 29, 1973) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee. Layman started 39 consecutive games for the Tennessee Vols between 1992–1995. He was named team captain his senior year in 1995. Layman played with two top five draft picks at Quarterback in Heath Shuler and Peyton Manning. In 1999, the Titans made it to Super Bowl XXXIV in which Layman appeared as a substitute. However, they lost to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams.

List of Tennessee Volunteers starting quarterbacks

This is a list of notable Tennessee. Titans Volunteers football team quarterbacks and the years they participated on the Tennessee Volunteers football team.

List of Washington Redskins starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, and its predecessors the Boston Braves (1932) and Boston Redskins (1933–1936). The Washington Redskins franchise was founded in Boston, Massachusetts as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The name was changed the following year to the Redskins. For the 1937 NFL season, the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., where it remains based.Of the 50 Redskins starting quarterbacks, two have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Sammy Baugh and Sonny Jurgensen.

North Carolina's 11th congressional district

North Carolina's 11th congressional district encompasses most of Western North Carolina. Starting in the 113th Congress, it is represented by Mark Meadows, a Republican. He replaced Democrat Heath Shuler, who retired in 2013. Shuler had won the seat in the 2006 midterm elections, defeating 8-term Republican Representative Charles H. Taylor.

The 11th District was traditionally one of the most competitive congressional districts in North Carolina. This was largely because of the district's volatile politics. It was historically anchored by Asheville, which was heavily Democratic. However, many of the city's suburbs are among the most conservative areas of North Carolina. The rest of the district was split between Democratic-leaning counties in the south and Republican-leaning counties in the north. Consequently, congressional races in this district have historically been very close and hard-fought.

In 2011 the Republican-dominated legislature redrew the district, shifting most of Asheville to the 10th district. The new map split Asheville in such a way that in some neighborhoods, one side of the street moved to the 10th while the other side of the street stayed in the 11th.

To make up for the loss in population, the 11th absorbed some strongly Republican territory in the Foothills which had previously been in the 10th. On paper, the 11th was one of the strongest Republican districts in the South.

In February 2012 Shuler announced he would not seek a fourth term. Meadows won the seat in 2012.


Schuler, also Schüler and Shuler, is a German word meaning "pupil" and a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Anthony Joseph Schuler, American Roman Catholic bishop

Diane Schuler, American motorist responsible for the 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash

Else Lasker-Schüler, (1869-1945), German Jewish poet and playwright

Franz Schuler (born 1962), Austrian biathlete

Hans Schuler, American sculptor

Heath Shuler, American football player and politician

Jacob Schueler, German-American businessman

James Shuler, American boxer

Jim Shuler, American politician from Virginia

Markus Schuler, German soccer player

Max Schuler, German engineer, first described the Schuler tuning

Mickey Shuler, American football player, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles

Mickey Shuler, Jr., American football player, Penn State University

Mike Schuler, American basketball coach

Raymond T. Schuler, commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation

Robert P. Shuler, American preacher, politician and advocate of alcohol prohibition

Ron Schuler, Canadian politician

Théophile Schuler, French painter

Tennessee Volunteers football statistical leaders

The Tennessee Volunteers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Tennessee Volunteers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Volunteers represent University of Tennessee in the NCAA's Southeastern Conference.

Although Tennessee began competing in intercollegiate football in 1891, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1930s or 1940s, depending on the particular statistic. Records from before this time period are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1940, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Volunteers have played in 10 bowl games since then, allowing players in those seasons an extra game to accumulate statistics. Similarly, the Volunteers have played in the SEC Championship Game five times since it was first played in 1992.These stats are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Special Teams
North Carolina's delegation(s) to the 110th–112th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority)
110th Senate: E. DoleR. Burr House: H. CobleD. PriceM. WattW. B. Jones IIS. MyrickB. EtheridgeM. McIntyreR. HayesB. MillerG. K. ButterfieldV. FoxxP. McHenry • H. Shuler
111th Senate: R. BurrK. Hagan House: H. CobleD. PriceM. WattW. B. Jones IIS. MyrickB. EtheridgeM. McIntyreB. MillerG. K. ButterfieldV. FoxxP. McHenry • H. Shuler • L. Kissell
112th Senate: R. BurrK. Hagan House: H. CobleD. PriceM. WattW. B. Jones IIS. MyrickM. McIntyreB. MillerG. K. ButterfieldV. FoxxP. McHenry • H. Shuler • L. KissellR. Ellmers

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