Scott Jensen makes huge campaign announcement 

The football star said he joined the Jensen campaign because he wants "to be a part of a movement that revives our state."

Former Viking Matt Birk takes the stage Thursday night at an announcement rally. (Dr. Scott Jensen/Facebook)

Dr. Scott Jensen has revealed his running mate.

The Republican candidate for governor announced Tuesday night that former Minnesota Viking and Super Bowl champion Matt Birk will be joining the Jensen ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor.

Birk was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, attended Cretin-Derham Hall, and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998 and spent most of his career with the team before winning a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens.

He was the recipient of the 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Since retiring from football, Birk has served as the CEO of Matt Birk and Company and started a Catholic school in Burnsville called Unity High School.

“After decades of one-party complacency, our schools are not better, our top producers are leaving the state, crime is out of control, and we have a cultural and economic malaise which is impacting our spirit. But I believe we can make a comeback and become the best place to live and do business in America,” Birk said.

The football star said he joined the Jensen campaign because he wants “to be a part of a movement that revives our state.”

Birk is married and has eight children.