Ray Schoenke was in Hagerstown Wednesday to drum up interest in his fledgling campaign for governor.
He acknowledged that it seems like a longshot for a little-known, former Washington Redskin with no history in elective office.
"A lot of you are going to think this is an April Fool's joke. This guy must be nuts," he said during a luncheon address at the Hagerstown Rotary Club at the Venice Inn.
But Schoenke said it wouldn't be the first time he has overcome long odds.
After graduating from Southern Methodist University as an athletic and academic All-American, Schoenke played two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys and was cut in the third.
"There was no way I was ever supposed to play pro football. And guess what? I played 12 years," he said.