The state of California is no stranger to powerful celebrities running the streets, but one former Los Angeles Rams player is looking to run the state. The former defensive lineman Rosey Grier, famously part of the “Fearsome Foursome” in the 1960s, said he plans to run for the governorship in 2018.
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Grier, the 84-year-old Republican from west Los Angeles who endorsed President-elect Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, wants to throw his hat into the ring for governor when current Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office in 2018.
He would be up against Democratic candidates California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang in California’s gubernatorial race.
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Famed bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and late actor and President Ronald Reagan both held the title of California governor in years past.
“Yeah, I’m going to run for governor. I think we can do a lot of good,” Grier told the Los Angeles Times.
Grier became a social activist and minister in the following his 12-year football career, and endorsed an eclectic mix of presidential candidates, including Democrat Jimmy Carter and the Republican Reagan. He was also present during Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, where he served as an aide to the senator.