He took a lot of hits playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys, and now he’s not pulling any punches in politics.

Garry Cobb, the 57-year-old former NFL linebacker, is running as a Republican for Congress in New Jersey, and he recently sat down with Newsmax TV to explain why he has rejected the Democrats.

Image source: screengrab via Newsmax

Image source: screengrab via Newsmax

“We started out poor,” Cobb said. “As a kid I could remember eating mayonnaise sandwiches, ketchup sandwiches and drinking sugar water, but we were able to go out and do better than our parents and that’s what my parents dreamed of.”

A major reason his family succeeded: his dad was around.

“All my brothers and sisters have gone to college,” Cobb said. “The reason we were able to have some success was our dad was there, there was some discipline in the home.”

While Cobb said he was a Democrat in his youth, he has since realized that many other black families did not have a father in the home because of the actions of Democrats.

He pointed to President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” anti-poverty programs, saying that since single mothers were afforded more aid under the programs than intact couples, many black fathers were tacitly encouraged to leave their families.

“[LBJ's anti-poverty programs were] an incentive for the man to leave the home, and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country,” Cobb said.

Now he’s running for Congress in a bid to turn things around and get government out of areas in which it has no business interfering.

“African-American communities throughout the country are doing horribly under Democratic-run cities and that’s why I want to put an end to it,” Cobb said.

Cobb faces state Sen. Donald Norcrosse, the brother of “the top Democratic power broker in New Jersey,” in the race for the Garden State’s 1st Congressional District seat.

(H/T: Tea Party News Network)

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