Former NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker on Monday, Aug. 24, lined up at the 2020 Republican National Convention and spoke about his decadeslong friendship with President Donald Trump.

Walker recalled his “deep personal friendship” and experiences he has had with the president for 37 years that would swat down any claim that the commander-in-chief is a racist.

“I watched him as the owner of a professional football team. Right after he bought the team, he set out to learn. He learned about the history of the team, the players, the coaches—every detail—then he used what he learned to make the team better,” Walker said. “I watched him in the boardroom. He can be in the middle of a big meeting, but if one of the kids was on the phone, he dropped everything to take the call. He taught me that the family should be your top priority. I watched him treat janitors, security guards, and waiters the same way he would treat a V.I.P. He made them feel special because he knew they were.

“He understands that they are the people who make this country run. They clean. They cook. They build. They drive. They deliver. He told me, ‘Herschel, make an effort to get to know people. Remember their names.’ That stuck with me,” he continued.

“It hurt my soul to hear the terrible names that people called Donald,” Walker added. “The worst one is racist. I take it as a personal insult that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist. People that think that, don’t know what they’re talking about. Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”

Walker highlighted that President Trump “cares about social justice and the black community through his actions” and praised the way he fights for the country.

“He keeps right on fighting to improve the lives of black Americans and all Americans. He works night and day. He never stops. He leaves nothing on the field. Some people don’t like his style … the way he knocks down obstacles that get in the way of his goals. People on opposing teams didn’t like it when I ran right over them either. But that’s how you get the job done,” Walker said.

“I pray every night, ‘God, give him some more time. Give him four more years.’ He has accomplished so much, almost all by himself and under constant attack. But there is more work to do. If you love America and want to make it better, Donald Trump is your President. He’s my President and I’m blessed to call him friend,” he concluded.