Former Green Bay Packer endorses Santorum

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, a former Green Bay Packer, endorsed GOP contender Rick Santorum Sunday.

“I am endorsing Rick Santorum for president because he is a solid leader that represents the timeless values that made America good and prosperous,” the former defensive end said in a statement.

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"Rick Santorum is also the only person who can beat Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump's new debate challenge: Silence WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks at African American Museum opening Obama talks racial tension at African-American museum opening MORE in November. While some may want to declare the game over, the reality is, it's not even halftime yet. 'Game on!' "

Gbaja-Biamila was drafted to the Packers in 2000 and left the team after nine years. He holds the Packers’ sacks record with 74 and a half.

The defensive end has unofficially retired from football.

"Football taught me a lot," Gbaja-Biamila said. "One of the game's greatest lessons is that we play to win, and we play until it is over. 

Wisconsin’s Tuesday primary is a critical contest for Santorum, who is trailing GOP front-runner Mitt Romney in national polls and in delegates. 

Romney has been boosted this week by a series of high-profile endorsements as party leaders seek to coalesce around the presumptive nominee and end a protracted nomination fight. On Sunday, Wisconsin Sen. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonSenate rivals gear up for debates The Trail 2016: Trump seizes on Charlotte violence The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R) threw his support behind the former Massachusetts governor.

A poll last week found Santorum trailing Romney by seven points in Wisconsin.