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Rosey Grier, who played for the Los Angeles Rams, is 84 years old, but said he will be running in next year's election because he wants to serve Golden State residents. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

A former NFL player and supporter of President-elect Trump announced on Thursday plans to run for the Republican nomination in California’s gubernatorial race when Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office at the end of 2018.

Rosey Grier, who played for the Los Angeles Rams, is 84 years old, but said he will be running in next year’s election because he wants to serve Golden State residents.

“Yeah, I’m going to run for governor. I think we can do a lot of good,” Grier told the L.A. Times. “I’ve spent my life serving my fellow man. I thought I would continue doing that.”

While still 22 months out from Election Day, the California gubernatorial race is already heating up. Democratic candidates California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang have announced their bids.

Grier is new to politics, unlike his competition. He became a minister following his NFL career and also advocated for social policy reforms. He worked as a bodyguard to presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and was present in 1968 when Kennedy was assassinated, after which he subdued the shooter.

He endorsed Trump during the presidential election.

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