Herschel Walker makes a final run for Trump voters in Georgia

Georgia football star Herschel Walker made a final pitch for Donald Trump, turning to a gridiron metaphor to explain his support for the New York businessman.

“If you want a change, how do you get it? You don’t get it by putting someone in office that’s been there forever,” Walker said in an interview. “You need new people there. Because if you just have a new quarterback and keep the offensive line, you’re not going to get any change.”

Walker, a retired NFL running back who played in Trump’s short-lived United States Football League, has been an outspoken supporter of the businessman. He predicted a “tough and close” vote in Georgia and across the nation, and said his critics who label him a bigot are blowing his comments out of proportion.

“I’ve heard this over and over again – he’s a racist. It’s crap. Donald Trump is not a racist. He’s said some stupid things, but everyone does,” he said. “I’ve said since the 1980s that Donald Trump loves America. I made that statement because I saw what he was doing. He will fight for the country. He will work. He will get his hands dirty.”

He said he had no hard feelings for Hillary Clinton – indeed, some of his relatives are voting for her – but he had this message for voters: “His opponent is an incredible women. She’s tough. But we need a change.”

Insider's Note: A version of this post appeared in the Daily Jolt.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.