According to sources, Former NFL player, Arkansas Razorback, and Army veteran Jake Bequette announced his run for U.S. Senate on Monday, July 12. Bequette made his announcement on Twitter with a video and link to his campaign website.

“I have lived my life with service and conservative values at the forefront. Now, I have a calling to do more. That is why I am running for the United States Senate,” Bequette said on Twitter.

Bequette was born and raised in Little Rock, AR, according to his website, and not only played for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but also a Super Bowl XLIX championship with the New England Patriots.

He received his education at Little Rock Catholic High School and the University of Arkansas. During his four years as a Razorback, Jake excelled both in the classroom and on the football field as an All-SEC defensive end and an Academic All-American.

Bequette is also the founder of the Arkansas Fund which he launched in January, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses in Arkansas that have struggled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, The Arkansas Fund has raised over $100,000 and distributed 35 grants to aid small businesses statewide, according to the campaign website.

Three Republicans also have launched bids to unseat Senator John Boozman in next year’s GOP primary, including Jan Morgan and Heath Loftis.