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Football star Herschel Walker announces candidacy for U.S. Senate from Georgia

Georgia will be a key battleground as Republicans attempt to retake the U.S. Senate in 2022. They picked up a high-profile candidate this week when former football star Herschel Walker announced his candidacy.

“Our country is at a crossroads, and I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore,” Walker said in a statement. “America is the greatest country in the world, but too many politicians in Washington are afraid to say that. Where else could a poor kid from a small town in Georgia become valedictorian of his high school, earn the Heisman Trophy, play professional football, represent the United States in the Olympics and become CEO of multiple companies? I have lived the American Dream, but I am concerned it is slipping away for many people.

“In the United States Senate, I will stand up for conservative values and get our country moving in the right direction. It is time to have leaders in Washington who will fight to protect the American Dream for everybody.”

Walker, 59, won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 when he was a running back for the University of Georgia. He set records during a professional football career in the USFL and NFL, represented the United States in the Olympics, went undefeated in mixed martial arts and has run multiple successful businesses. He has the support of former President Donald Trump and played for the New Jersey Generals of the old USFL when Trump owned the team. The former NFL star has been outspoken about his faith and reminding Americans to exercise their basic freedoms

“We keep hearing the importance of freedom of speech,” he said previously. “But let’s not forget we have freedom of religion. Never give up our right to worship! If we can protest, we can get back to church.”

Walker has been an outspoken supporter of election integrity laws in Georgia.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice