Former New England Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette launches U.S. Senate primary campaign against GOP incumbent

Former New England Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette launches U.S. Senate primary campaign against GOP incumbent

Coach Bill Belichick gives some pointers to Jake Bequette during a Patriots practice in 2012. John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe Hershel Walker isn’t the only former NFL player looking at a U.S. Senate seat. Jake Bequette, a former New England Patriots defensive end, announced a 2022 primary campaign Monday morning against fellow Republican and incumbent Arkansas Sen. John Boozman, touting his experience playing with Tom Brady and characterizing himself as a “God-fearing Christian conservative who is 100 percent pro-life and pro-police.” “I’m no squish career politician,” Bequette said in his announcement video. After playing four seasons of college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Little Rock native was picked by the Patriots in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He went on to appear in eight games over two seasons in New England. Bequette, who is now 32, was also a member of the Patriots practice squad during their Super Bowl-winning season in 2014. Though he played in no games that year, Bequette was on the sidelines during the Patriots’ trophy-clinching win over the Seattle Seahawks and ultimately received a Super Bowl ring . “There’s no politically correct way to sack a quarterback,” Bequette, who amassed zero regular season sacks or tackles in the NFL, said in the video, which notes that he “played with Tom Brady and won the Super Bowl.” “It’s just gold hard truth for everyone to see,” he added. During the 2015 offseason, Bequette switched to the tight end position, but was […]

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