Ex-NFL Star Jay Cutler Hints at Run for County School Board After Mask Mandate Vote Passes

Former NFL Quarterback Jay Cutler posted a message on Twitter on Thursday that suggested he may be contemplating a run for a seat on his local school board in Tennessee.

Cutler, 38, posted a photo of a computer screen showing members of the Williamson County School Board, which represents the area where he lives in Tennessee. In a tweet accompanying the photo, he wrote: "Doing school board research. Looks like a 2024 campaign for me."

Doing school board research. Looks like a 2024 campaign for me. pic.twitter.com/dNg7tmaZcp

— Jay Cutler (@JayHasTweets) August 12, 2021

In a follow-up tweet, he added: "August of 2024. I need 100 signatures and a petition from the county. Going to start getting John Hancocks today."

The former gridiron star also updated his Twitter bio to include "future school board member."

It is unclear if Cutler, 38, is serious about seeking a position on the school board or is just making the statements in jest. Newsweek attempted to contact Cutler for comment but did not hear back as of press time.

Williamson County is located just outside of Nashville, and it has been in the news in recent days after its school board voted to reinstate a mask mandate for elementary schools. The debate regarding the vote was heated, and videos spread on social media of parents getting into screaming altercations in the parking lot outside of the school board meeting.

Tennessee itself currently has no statewide policy regarding masks for school children, but the Williamson County Board of Education approved a mask mandate on its own starting this week and it will last until at least September 12. Board members who favored the mandate cited rising COVID-19 numbers in the state, as well as recently updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that urged children in K-12 schools to wear masks regardless of the student's vaccination status.

Before floating the possibility of seeking a school board seat, Cutler made his stance against mask mandates known in other posts. He had earlier in the week shared a screen shot of an article covering the debate over mask mandates. "Not this parent. Really hope I'm not put in the corner by Twitter in my first 24 hrs," Cutler wrote.

Cutler had only rejoined Twitter on Monday after using Instagram as his preferred social media platform in recent years.

He also shared a video on Twitter of some people at the board meeting giving statements against students wearing masks, as well as videos of the protests outside. His accompanying caption read, "Let's be clear. No one wants to go to a school board meeting. So this speaks volumes."

Cutler has three children with reality television star Kristin Cavallari. The couple married in 2013 before announcing they would divorce in 2020.

Cavallari has previously spoken about concerns regarding vaccinations for children. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2014, she said she and Cutler had not vaccinated their son. At the time, the couple had only one child together.

"There are very scary statistics out there regarding what is in vaccines," she told host Andy Cohen. "We feel like we're making the best decision for our kids."

Cutler played three seasons with the Denver Broncos and eight with the Chicago Bears. He announced his retirement from the NFL in the spring of 2017, only to sign later that year with the Miami Dolphins for one season before ending his career again.

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Former NFL star Jay Cutler might be considering a run for his local school board. In this photo, the former Chicago Bears quarterback walks on the field prior to a game between the Bears and the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 5, 2019, in Chicago. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty