Senate candidate Brenda Lenard gets fundraising help from former NFL player

Brenda Lenard’s U.S. Senate candidacy has barely been noticed in political circles, reports The Tennessean, but she is getting an assist from one of the biggest and most controversial names in professional football: Terrell Owens.

Lenard, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the 2014 GOP primary, is promoting a December fundraising dinner headlined by Owens, the well-traveled wide receiver who last played in the National Football League in 2010.

But she’s apparently paying the superstar for his help.

An invitation on Lenard’s blog and website, titled “Brenda, Terrell Owens and You,” reads:

“Pitch in $5 dollars or any amount today to automatically be entered for a chance to win dinner with Brenda Lenard, Candidate for United States Senate and Terrell Owens, Six Time Pro Bowl Wide Receiver in Los Angeles on December 20th.

“In addition, you will receive a Terrell Owens autographed football and the campaign is picking up the tab for your airfare and hotel accommodations.

“See you in L.A.!”

Owens’ booking agent Ryan Totka confirmed that Owens will be at the fundraiser, but said it is a paid appearance. He said he doesn’t believe the two have ever met. Lenard did not return messages or emails for comment.

Owens played college football at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Lenard, who is currently completing studies in political science at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is an Atlanta native who has lived near Chattanooga.