Former NFL star running back Herschel Walker ended months of speculation on Wednesday, releasing a video to announce his candidacy to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

In a Twitter video that lasts approximately 90 seconds, Walker pledged to “protect the American Dream for everybody” and “stand up for conservative values and get our country moving in the right direction.”

“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,” Walker said of his past opportunities.

Walker joins a crowded GOP primary field, including Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. However, unlike other contenders, Walker has the backing of former President Donald Trump.

Months before Walker declared his candidacy, Trump released a statement encouraging the former University of Georgia football player to enter the race.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia? 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 said.

In addition to Trump’s support, Walker picked up multiple endorsements from officials. U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA-01) endorsed Walker after he announced his candidacy.

“I’m proud to join President Trump and endorse my friend, @HerschelWalker, for U.S. Senate. We need a fighter who will take on the liberal mob’s socialist agenda and put America FIRST. I urge you to join me in supporting Herschel for Senate,” said Carter in a tweet.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for the Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to cooperreports@gmail.com
Photo “Herschel Walker” by Herschel Walker.