A word to the wise for lawmakers: Don't be tardy for any party with former NFL player John Booty.

The ex–Philadelphia Eagle is one of the coaches for Tuesday's Congressional Football Game, in which members of Congress and former pigskin pros face off against U.S. Capitol Police. The biennial competition raises money for the families of fallen Capitol Police officers, as well as other nonprofits.


But at a recent breakfast hosted by the Ripon Society and the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange to promote the showdown, Booty took a boot camp–style approach to some late arrivals.

When Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) showed up just slightly behind schedule, Booty exclaimed, "When you show up late, you have to do push-ups!”

Bacon, a retired Air Force brigadier general who's playing in Tuesday's game, immediately dropped to the ground, to applause from the crowd.

"Anybody else show up late?" Booty then asked the audience with a wide grin.

Suddenly, Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversNational Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus Stronger patent rights would help promote US technological leadership Republicans to introduce House version of Scott police reform bill MORE (R-Ohio), a brigadier general in the Ohio Army National Guard and another player hitting the football field for the charity game, was seen working his pectorals. The crowd counted out four push-ups for Stivers, before urging him to slow down.

Kickoff for the Congressional Football Game is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hotchkiss Field at Gallaudet University in Washington.