The Huffington Post has named former NFL athlete Donté Stallworth a politics fellow to cover national security. Stallworth played for the Washington-area NFL team through August 2013 and prior, for the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, and Philadelphia Eagles. Umm…ok?
While Stallworth lacks professional experience in the journalism industry, he’s been active on Twitter, as documented Thursday morning by The Washington Post, commenting on national and international current events. Back in February, he penned a piece for Think Progress on Michael Sam, who was recently released by the St. Louis Rams.
“As an NFL player I was fortunate to work with some of the best and brightest the game had to offer,” said Stallworth. “That same fortune follows me to The Huffington Post where Arianna Huffington is constantly ahead of the game in changing the ways we get our news. I’m blessed and honored to have such a great opportunity to work with some great minds and even better people.”
And those inside the walls of HuffPost’s Washington bureau are equally excited a former pro athlete will join them in their day to day.
“Donte has a quick mind, an insatiable curiosity and a passion for politics — the necessary qualities of a great journalist,” said bureau chief Ryan Grim in a release.
Huff Post White House correspondent Sam Stein tweeted Wednesday night, “Pretty psyched, @DonteStallworth is joining HuffPost as a Politics Fellow covering national security.”
Amanda Terkel, HuffPost politics managing editor, added, “There’s been a national security wonk lurking underneath Donte’s helmet for quite some time, as anyone who follows him on Twitter knows. We’re excited that he’s going to bring his insights to The Huffington Post.”