12/27/2012 01:18 pm ET

Steve McMichael--Mayor?: 'Mongo' Files For Mayoral Run In Romeoville

Steve "Mongo" McMichael is best known as a former defensive tackle for the Chicago bears, but now he wants to be known for as something else: Mayor.

On Wednesday, McMichael filed the formal petitions to become a mayoral candidate in the suburban Romeoville race, according to the Sun-Times.

The former NFL star announced his intention to run back in August, telling ESPN Chicago patrons of the Mongo McMichael's sports bar in Romeoville were the ones who urged him to enter the race.

"They've been mentioning to me that they're not happy, and they want me to run for mayor," McMichael said in August. "And by God, when I came to be a man, I put away childish things, I'm going to do it."

McMichael, a member of the 1986 Super Bowl-winning Bears, is trying to replace incumbent John Noak, reports the Associated Press. The Sun-Times said former Mayor Fred Dewald will also be on the April 9 ballot.

The former Bear describes himself an independent moderate, according to NBC Chicago and said he's running for his 4-year-old daughter; McMichael told NBC he wants to "have a say" in the the village's educational policy.

McMichael is currently a coach with the Professional Indoor Football Team the Chicago Slaughter, based in Hoffman Estates, Ill.



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