Congratulations to the U.S. Capitol Police, the winners of the 2017 Congressional Football Game!

Started in 2005, the Congressional Football Game was first organized to honor and support the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police and to support the families of fallen officers. The biennial showdown features Members of Congress and former NFL players facing off against U.S. Capitol Police. The game is a family-friendly event that includes entertainment and spirited competition on the field, while bringing together Congressional and law enforcement communities in support of worthy causes.

The 2017 game, held on October 11 at Gallaudet University, was the eighth such matchup and benefitted three non-profit organizations: The Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids, and A Advantage 4 Kids. While NFL Legends Ken Harvey, John Booty, Herschel Walker, Santana Moss, and others played alongside the Members of Congress, the defensive battle resulted in a 7-0 win for the U.S. Capitol Police.

More on the 2017 game charities

The Capitol Police Memorial Fund

Providing assistance to the families of fallen officers or those injured in the line of duty.

Our Military Kids

Providing grants to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of severely injured Service Members to cover the costs for enrichment activities and tutoring.

A Advantage 4 Kids

A nonprofit organization created to aid individuals and families in need.

History of the Congressional Football Game

In 1998, two United States Capitol Police officers, Officer Jacob "JJ" Chestnut and Detective John Gibson, gave their lives to protect Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and visitors in the nation's Capitol.

Congressman Bill Shuster from Pennsylvania led an effort to find a fitting way to recognize the two officers' sacrifice and lend support to the families they left behind. The effort eventually gave rise to the Charity Football Game. In the years that followed, former Washington Redskins Linebacker and Pro-Bowler Ken Harvey and former Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback John Booty came on board to help coach, play, and organize the football game.

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The 2017 Teams

The Guards

David Bailey | Larry Bell | Lisa Brewer | Tim Cullen | Jim Davis | Adam DesCamp | Arren Dodson | Harry Dunn | Scott Grossi | Milton Harris | Brett Jordan | Antwan McCall | Andrew McGill | Chad Nieto | Ron Potter | Frank Quick | John Sacks | Solomon Smith | Winston Sterling | Reggie Tyson | Irvin Washington | Brandon Watson | Travis Wells | Isaac West | Spencer Wilson

Participating Members

Pete Aguilar (D-CA) | Don Bacon (R-NE) | Nanette Barragan (D-CA) | Jack Bergman (R-MI) | Mike Bishop (R-MI) | Mike Bost (R-IL) | James Comer (R-KY) | Rick Crawford (R-AR) | Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) | Rodney Davis (R-IL) | Jeff Denham (R-CA) | Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) | Richard Hudson (R-NC) | Evan Jenkins (R-WV) | Joe Kennedy (D-MA) | Roger Marshall (R-KS) | Martha McSally (R-AZ) | Alex Mooney (R-WV) | Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) | Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) | Tom Reed (R-NY) | Cedric Richmond (D-LA) | Pete Sessions (R-TX) | David Valadao (R-CA) | Marc Veasey (D-TX) | Mark Walker (R-NC) | Tim Walz (D-MN) | Bruce Westerman (R-AR)

Participating NFL Players

John Booty (NYJ, PHI, ARI, NYG, TB) | Ravin Caldwell (WAS, SF) | Gary Clark (WAS, ARI, MIA) | Derrick Fenner (SEA, CIN, OAK) | Brandon Frye (HOU, MIA, SEA) | Ken Harvey (WAS, ARI) | Leon Joe (CHI, TB, BUF, ARI, JAX, DET) | Darmerien McCants (WAS, PHI, BAL) | Santana Moss (WAS, NYJ) | Shawn Springs (SEA, WAS, NE) | Herschel Walker (DAL, MIN, PHI, NYG)


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Additional Supporters

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for next year's game, please contact 202-546-9250 or


Prior to the game, the National Football League, in conjunction with USA Football, hosted a NFL Play Football Clinic for area youth, including the children of Members of Congress. The one-hour session, with special participation by former players and Heads Up Ambassadors, provided approximately 100 area kids of all ability levels the opportunity to learn skills and drills that enhance player safety, such as “Heads Up” blocking and tackling techniques.