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Herschel Walker announces Senate run in Georgia

Former University of Georgia, USFL and NFL star running back Herschel Walker filed to enter the U.S. Senate race in Georgia as a Republican, multiple reports said Tuesday.

The former Heisman Trophy winner supported former President Donald Trump, and Trump in turn publicly encouraged Walker to run in Georgia against Rev. Raphael Warnock, who won a seat in 2020.

Walker lives in Texas, but he registered to vote in Georgia earlier this month, signaling his intention to run.

The 59-year-old began his professional career in the now-defunct USFL for the Trump-owned New Jersey Generals. He racked up 61 total touchdowns in three seasons for the Generals before making the jump to the NFL.

In 12 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, Walker amassed 13,084 yards from scrimmage and 82 total touchdowns in 187 games (137 starts).

He won the Heisman in 1982 and was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 for his career with the Bulldogs.

Walker has never held political office but has endorsed Republican candidates before. He will have to emerge from the primary to earn the party’s nomination to run against Warnock in 2022.

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