Could we see Gov. Darrell Stuckey one day?

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I really enjoyed my chance the other day to talk with Kansas senior safety Darrell Stuckey, who struck me as one of the most thoughtful athletes I have interviewed in a long time.

Stuckey serves in a variety of campus leadership positions. He's a student senator and a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee of Athletics.

All of his public service prompted an interesting quote from Kansas coach Mark Mangino in a recent article in the Topeka Capital-Journal.

"When he's about 35, 40," Mangino said, "he's gonna smoke somebody in a governor's race."

Knowing about his potential interest in politics, I asked Stuckey if he had any real interest in law school after college to prepare himself for a political career.

"I've thought about law school, but it's come up more in my talks with [Kansas athletic director] Lew Perkins," Stuckey said. "I've pondered it, but it's unrealistic for me. It's a little bit too much studying for me. To cut yourself off and grind like you do in law school, I don't know if I would like to do that."

A more attainable public career for Stuckey, particularly if he continues his play over the last several years, would be the NFL.

Former NFL players like Heath Shuler, Jack Kemp and Steve Largent all had successful political careers without the benefit of law school.

Who knows? Stuckey still might fulfill Mangino's prediction.

He seems to be an intriguing young man with a limitless future -- with or without the extra education.