Former Houston Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts organized a group of current and former Texans to help transport seniors to polling places in the Houston area on Tuesday.
Pitts said he wanted to do all he could to ensure that the elderly had an opportunity to make their voice heard.
"Having the chance to vote is one of the greatest privileges we have as Americans, that we have the right to vote and our vote does count," Pitts said in a statement. "And that's why I really feel like if there's anything I can do to help, whichever way they happen to vote, I should do it."
A former second-round draft pick from San Diego State who now works as a radio show host and philanthropist, Pitts persuaded defensive tackle Duane Brown, center Antoine Caldwell, center Chris Myers and safety Danieal Manning to join him on Tuesday. The players rented 15-passenger cans and shuttled elderly voters to northern and northeast Houston polling spots.
A press release noted that the 33-year-old Pitts is considering entering the political arena himself, and he has his sights set on a run for Senate in 2020.