Retired NFL player and Republican nominee for Utah’s 4th congressional district Burgess Owens spoke on the third night of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26, 2020. “Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left,” Owens said. “This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality and once again be the America my great-great grandfather believed in.”
BURGESS OWENS: Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Burgess Owens. Shackled in the belly of a slave ship, an 8-year-old named Silas Burgess came to America to be sold on an auction block. By the grace of God, and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, Silas escaped through the Underground Railroad and settled in the great state of Texas. He went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community’s first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland. I’m here today, a candidate for Congress, because of my great great grandfather, Silas Burgess. I was raised in the South during the days of Jim Crow and the KKK. Even through the challenges of segregation, we were taught that anything is possible in America. When I was 22 years old, I thought all my dreams had come true when I was drafted by the New York Jets. 10 years later, with a Pro Bowl nod and a Super Bowl Championship under my belt, I left the NFL to start a business. I thought I could never fail…but I did. And I lost everything. As I moved my family of 6 into a 1 bedroom basement apartment in Brooklyn, NY, I faced a crossroads: feel sorry for myself.. or get to work. I worked as a Chimney Sweep during the day and a Security Guard at night. It was humbling to be recognized cleaning a chimney by someone who once cheered for me in an NFL stadium. But those hard days would pay off, and eventually I began a rewarding career in the corporate world. We live in a country where we’re encouraged to Dream Big. Where second chances are at the core of our American identity. We don’t hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi’s congress. Career politicians and even a former bartender, want us to believe that’s impossible. They want us to believe that what I did, what my great-great grandfather did, is impossible for ordinary Americans. As patriots, we know better! This November, we stand at a crossroads. Mobs torch our cities while popular members of Congress promote the same socialism my father fought against in World War II. We have a Democrat candidate for President who says that I’m not black if I don’t vote for him. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who stand by their principles and won’t compromise their values for political opportunities. Now, more than ever, we need leaders who will stand up to the lawlessness supported by the radical left. This November, we have an opportunity to reject the mob mentality and once again be the America my great-great grandfather believed in. During the Trump administration, business ownership among blacks, Hispanics, and females have reached all-time highs. Those same groups enjoyed record low unemployment and unprecedented prosperity… and we’re just getting started! I’m running for Congress because we don’t need more career politicians. We need a few more chimney sweeps. We need more leaders like President Trump who understand the freedoms that make up the fabric of America. My fellow Americans, specifically my Democrat and Independent friends, it is time for us to unite and to put aside partisan barriers. Help us win back the House, keep the Senate and give our President 4 more years… I promise we’ll make you proud! Thank you.