Former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kurt Becker, who was part of the 1985 Super Bowl team, may soon make his foray into local politics.
Denise Crosby of the Aurora Beacon-News reports that Becker is considering a 2017 run for mayor of the western suburb after a "number of different parties" pushed him to do it.
"I am humbled by the fact there are people in the community who believe in me for this role," Becker told Crosby. "And there is currently an exploratory committee looking into that possibility."
Becker played with the Bears for eight seasons, including the 1985 season when the team won the Super Bowl. He spent one season with the Los Angeles Rams and then returned to Chicago in 1990 for his last season before retiring.
When his Bears days were over, Becker bought a vending firm based on Aurora and later became varsity football coach and school district football coordinator for East Aurora High School, his alma mater.
Becker's famous name as well as his roots in the Aurora community could make him a prime candidate for the job. Crosby reports that Becker also recently attended a fundraiser for former state representative and current Kane County chairman Chris Lauzen.
Aurora's current mayor is Tom Weisner, who has held the office since 2005. In the last election in 2013, Weisner ran unopposed. The Chicago Tribune reported in May that Weisner will not seek re-election in 2017.