Former President Donald Trump is continuing to dip his toes into Republican Party politics, this time by urging famed football legend Herschel Walker to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.
According to the Daily Caller, Trump issued an official statement through his affiliated Save America PAC on Wednesday saying Walker “would be unstoppable” as a candidate, “just like he was” on the football field.
“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?” the former president said.
“He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!” Trump added.
A run for Senate?
It remains unclear at this point if Walker is even interested in mounting a bid for the Senate in 2022, which would see him squaring off against incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who defeated ex-Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) in a special election for a two-year term in January.
If he does run, however, it’s clear that Walker would have the support of Trump. According to the Washington Examiner, the pair’s friendship dates back to the early 1980s, when the then-real estate mogul purchased a team in the now-defunct United States Football League (USFL).
Walker was a star in the USFL before going on to launch a successful career in the NFL. Later, he served on Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition, the Daily Caller noted.
A look back
Walker even spoke in support of Trump’s re-election bid at the 2020 Republican National Convention. “Most of you know me as a football player, but I’m also a father, a man of faith, and a very good judge of character,” the star running back said. “I’ve known Donald Trump for 37 years — and I don’t mean just casual, ran into him from time to time; I’m talking about a deep personal friendship.”
Walker went on: “Some people don’t like his style, the way he knocks down obstacles that get in the way of his goals. People on the opposing team didn’t like when I ran over them either. But that’s how you get the job done.”
A look ahead
While some may scoff at the idea of Walker following Trump’s suggestion, longtime local sports reporter Terence Moore wrote for Forbes that the idea can’t be easily dismissed, as Walker stands a good chance at surprising everyone with an overwhelming win.
The simple fact of the matter is that Bulldogs football is nearly a religion of its own in the state of Georgia, and the former Heisman Trophy-winning running back remains hugely popular there — meaning Walker could easily pick up the campaign ball and carry it across the goal line with ample support from voters come 2022. Only time will tell, however, if we get to see it happen.