NFL Players Intern on Capitol Hill
New York Giants safety Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Austin Carr, and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Ryan Hunter are all interning on Capitol Hill during the offseason. Thomas, who took part in the program last year, has returned again this year to work in the office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). He said he felt his initial experience gave him a foundation for understanding the pace of government. "I mean, it's going to take, you know, it's going to take time. Nothing happens overnight," he said to CBS News. "I can see how other people can say, 'Man, like, that's slow. We need something now. We need to do something now.' And I get that passion, I feel it." Thomas is among the players who took a knee during the 2017 season to protest social injustice. Carr is working as an intern for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), noting that he shares the Senator's pro-life views and some of his libertarian ideas. And Hunter is working in the office of freshman Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO). He said he's spoken with officials about the opioid crisis and brain injuries. The NFL's externship program started in 2014 and matches players with professional experiences that they might be interested in as part of a post-NFL career. Players typically spend a little less than a month on Capitol Hill as part of the program. More here.