Former Falcons player enters Georgia’s 4th District race

A former Atlanta Falcons running back entered Georgia’s 4th District congressional race on Friday, challenging Democratic incumbent Hank Johnson with a vow to secure “opportunity and success for all.”

Joe Profit is focusing his Republican campaign on a promise to “protect our healthcare, jobs, veterans’ benefits, natural resources, and restore protections for our most vulnerable,” according to his campaign site.

Profit was the Falcons’ first-round draft pick in 1971. He suffered a knee injury during his first game but went on to spend a few seasons with the team before being traded to the New Orleans Saints.

Profit then opened several fast food franchises in Atlanta before starting a multimedia firm. His website says he also was appointed to several business advisory positions in the Reagan and first Bush administrations, and his qualifying information with the Secretary of State’s office also lists Profit as a minister.

“In football, we would always say ‘why wait until the next game or until the next year’— why should you wait for solutions to your problems? Now is the time to fight for progress and prosperity for all,” his website states.

Profit’s campaign and social media sites included little about his candidacy beyond a bio, and he could not be reached for an interview on Friday.

He drew headlines late last year after a fundraiser he was planning to host for then-Cobb Chairman-elect Mike Boyce was cancelled amid transparency concerns. The AJC had reported that the primary beneficiary of the gala appeared to be the charity of which Profit is president, the Youth United for Prosperity Foundation.

“Transparency itself has its own definition,” Profit said at the time. “That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

Profit will face off against Melanie Williams, a property manager, in the Republican primary in May.