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Former football star Rosey Grier takes a pass on the California governor's race

Former football player Rosey Grier. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
Former football player Rosey Grier. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Former Los Angeles Rams football legend Rosey Grier has dropped his bid for California governor.

“I decided not to run for governor in January, after much prayer, research and counsel,” Grier said in an email Monday.

Grier, a member of the famous “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line, announced he was running in January but he never officially filed for office or actively campaigned.

Grier, a Republican who lives in west Los Angeles, has an eclectic political history. He supported the presidential bids of Democrat Jimmy Carter as well as Republican Ronald Reagan.

Grier was serving as an aide to the presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy when he was gunned down by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan outside the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968. Grier grabbed Sirhan's leg and gun hand after the shots were fired.

Grier faced long odds in the race for governor, which has already attracted a list of top Democratic candidates, including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang.

The Republicans in the race include Assemblyman Travis Allen (Huntington Beach) and a Rancho Santa Fe venture capitalist John Cox.

See our list of who's running and who's still on the fence in the governor's race.

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