NFL Alumni worked with partners Saturday to help people gather information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Dallas chapter of the NFL Alumni joined 20 other NFL Alumni chapter cities and regions in hosting vaccination events where participants could also meet former professional football players.
"Here, we’re about 50% vaccinated. We need to move the needle. In order for us to help our kids continue to stay well, we need to talk to our healthcare providers and get more information, be more informed about why you should get vaccinated," said the president of the DFW chapter of the NFL Alumni Liffort Hobley.
Former Dallas Cowboys player George Teague said he was hesitant to get the vaccine himself at first, but after he talked to his doctor, he chose to get the shot in order to protect himself and his family.
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“If you would think back a year ago when we were just sitting in rooms and behind the screen, you couldn’t really be around anybody," Teague said. "I mean, nobody wants to do that. Everyone’s got to make their own decision about what they want to do. But I know for a fact, none of us want to be back there again, so we’ve got to look at all the ways to do that."
Those who got their vaccine Saturday walked away with a signed football.
The ex-players said they hoped those who didn't left one step closer to making a decision that could protect their community and the game they all love.
"Here’s what we want as ex-football players. We want 70,000 people in the stands. We want the high school kids to play their games. We want normalcy," said CEO of the NFL Alumni Association Beasley Reece.
Saturday's event was put on in partnership with Wheels for Wellness, and the Tarrant County Public Health Department.