Former Los Angeles Rams star Rosey Grier, who was a member of the 1960 Los Angeles Rams “Fearsome Foursome” which is considered to be one of the most dominant defensive lines in NFL history, has announced that he is running for governor of California in 2018.
Grier, 84, is a mountain of a man who is far more than a former, dominant football player. After he retired from his NFL career, he became a minister, social and political activist, and also ventured into singing and acting. Grier also worked as a bodyguard for Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. When Kennedy was shot and assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan, it was Greer who jumped in and wrestled the gun from the shooter. As far as his personal political leanings go, however, Grier is a Republican and endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race.
California’s current governor, Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown, will not seek re-election in 2018. As of this writing, Grier is the only Republican to throw his hat into the ring of candidates. Other candidates are all Democrats, including California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and state Treasurer John Chiang.
Some may think that there is no way that a Republican could win a statewide election in California nowadays, but the governor prior to Jerry Brown was another celebrity, Republican Arnold Schwartzenegger who served as California’s 38th president from 2003 – 2010. Schwartzenegger had been in the public eye for decades jumping to prominence by winning the Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition before starring in such hit films as Commando, Kindergarten Cop, and Predator. His fame catapulted after starring in the Terminator trio of movies. He is now the host of The Celebrity Apprentice, replacing President-elect Donald Trump.
Grier could possibly capitalize on his fame within the state as a member of the “Fearsome Foursome” with the return of the Los Angeles Rams to the city. Some may argue that he has never held public office and is therefore not qualified to be governor. But, in his work as a social activist and humanitarian, Rosey Grier has worked tirelessly within urban communities to effect positive change.
As a Humanitarian, Rosey is the co-founder (along with Estean Lenyoun) of American Neighborhood Enterprises (ANE). He is Acting Chairman of the Board for “Impact Urban America” as well, an offshoot of ANE. These enterprises are a combination of real estate development and construction companies committed to providing job training, employment, first-time buyer programs, and affordable housing for disadvantaged, underprivileged and at-risk persons in the inner-cities of our nation. He is Founder and Chairman of “Giant Step,” a non-profit program, designed to give disadvantaged youth job training as well as to provide housing for senior citizens. Along with Giant Step, he has created and developed a program that enhances spiritual awareness and self-esteem in underprivileged inner city youth entitled, “Rosey Grier’s Are You Committed?”
His work has earned him several commendations from the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council, as well as numerous White House invitations from several presidents, among other awards.
So, could California elect another Republican governor in 2018? If they judge a man by the basis of his work and not vote simply by whether there is a D or R by his name, then it just may happen.