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Arian Foster campaigns with Beto O’Rourke after anthem protest speech

Former NFL star Arian Foster hit the campaign trail on Thursday alongside candidate Beto O’Rourke, who garnered significant  attention recently due to his supportive stance of players protesting the national anthem.

Foster, who starred with the Texans, spent the day with O’Rourke in Houston, Texas, reports TMZ Sports.

The retired running back retweeted O’Rourke’s statement of gratitude which featured a photograph of the two campaigning.

“Grateful that [Arian Foster] would spend the day with us in Spring and Houston,” O’Rourke said in the statement. “Grabbing smoothies, driving the truck, joining the discussion about how this community and this state leads the way on so many important issues. Hope you have a fun birthday tomorrow!”

O’Rourke recently came down on the side of NFL players regarding the contentious and polarizing anthem issue that continues to plague the league.

“And so non-violently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, [some NFL players] take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it,” O’Rourke said in part in his speech. “That is why they are doing it, and I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand up, or take a knee, for your rights, anytime, anywhere, any place.”

The candidate’s passionate speech even attracted the attention of LeBron James, who retweeted video of it.

O’Rourke, a Democrat, currently is vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.