"I'm dead serious about this," McMichael, the owner of Mongo McMichael's restaurant and sports bar in Romeoville, told WJOL-AM, Joliet, Ill. McMichael told the Chicago Tribune his customers had encouraged him to toss his helmet into the political ring.
The outspoken McMichael moved to Romeoville, a suburb southwest of Chicago in April, saying he didn't want to raise his 4-year-old daughter in a downtown condo.
McMichael, 54, who plans to run against incumbent Mayor John Noak in April, did not reveal his party affiliation.
"I am not a politician," he said. "I am someone who will not delegate over the people. I will listen to them and act on what they want to see in the community."
A former professional wrestler, McMichael is the current coach of the Chicago Slaughter of the Indoor Football League.