Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Steve "Mongo" McMichael said Thursday he intends to run for mayor of Romeoville, Ill.
McMichael, 54, is the head coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the Professional Indoor Football League and also is an analyst for ESPN 1000's Bears pregame shows.
He also owns "Mongo McMichael's" sports bar and restaurant in Romeoville, which is just more than 30 miles from Chicago. McMichael said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000 that patrons at his restaurant urged his candidacy.
"They've been mentioning to me that they're not happy, and they want me to run for mayor," he said. "And by God, when I came to be a man, I put away childish things, I'm going to do it."
A call to incumbent mayor John Noak was not returned.
McMichael was a key member of the Bears' Super Bowl XX championship team, but said he'll put away his "Mongo" personality to focus on his mayoral duties.
"You guys know full well 'Mongo' was a character I played when I played for the Bears," he said. "It will be Mayor McMichael."
McMichael said he'll officially sign the papers in October to start the campaign. The election is in April.
"I've got a little girl ... and she's going to start school soon," McMichael said. "I've already moved to Romeoville and I plan on her getting her education here. What better opportunity do I have to do for my child and everybody else's child in this town as mayor of that town (then by) doing something about educating them the right way.
"I want you to realize, and you guys can hear this in my voice, I'm dead serious about this. This is not a joke. I don't take people's futures and their family's futures lightly, baby. "
McMichael said he will consult Palatine, Ill., mayor Jim Schwantz, who is a former Bears linebacker.
"That's my template right there," McMichael said. "You don't think I'm going to have some conversations with him?"