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Boulware running for vacant seat in Florida Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker
Peter Boulware is turning to politics.

Boulware, who retired last year after eight seasons in the NFL,
announced his plans to seek a vacant seat in the Florida Legislature
in 2008.

He was joined by wife Kensy and their three young children
Monday along with several key Republicans, including state party
chairman Jim Greer, at a sweltering morning announcement held in
front of the Florida House of Representatives building.

During his career with the Ravens, Boulware was the NFL
defensive rookie of the year in 1997 and also won a Super Bowl ring
with the team in 2000.

"His hard work ethic and dedication will translate well in the
Florida House of Representatives," Gov. Charlie Crist said in a
statement.

Once a Democrat, Boulware registered as a Republican in Florida
in 2003. He is now a partner in a local automobile dealership. He
has a bachelor's degree from Florida State in management
information systems.

"My campaign will be about the people, what's important to
them," Boulware said. "I'm excited about it."

Dick Anderson, a starting safety on the Miami Dolphins' unbeaten
1972 Super Bowl champions, was the last professional football
player elected to the Florida Legislature, serving in the Senate in
1978-82.