This story by Marc Caputo originally appeared on Politico.com.

RACE TO WATCH “Jimmy Johnson backs former player’s congressional bid,” by POLITICO’s Joey Francilus: Retired football coach and sportscaster Jimmy Johnson made an exception to his no-endorsement policy Tuesday when he headlined a congressional fundraiser for one of his former University of Miami players, Randal “Thrill” Hill … a Democrat challenging Rep. Frederica Wilson in the primary, he was a member of the Hurricanes 1987 and 1989 national championship seasons. He played for Johnson on one of those teams and again played for Johnson when he coached the Miami Dolphins from 1995-1997. Hill recently retired as a federal agent at the Department of Homeland Security.

But despite Hill’s star power and name, he’ll have a tough time unseating Wilson, an iconic figure in the heavily African-American district. She was a principal, school board member, state representative and state senator before winning her congressional seat.

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