Former Bears tight-end Desmond Clark is scheduled to be among several retired football stars signing autographs at a COVID vaccination clinic in Englewood on Saturday.
NFL Alumni Health members, including former Bears fullback Charlie Brown, former Green Bay Packers runner Michael Blair, Simon Chandler of the Kansas City Chiefs, Michael Harris of the Oakland Raiders and former NFL coach Angel Lopez are also scheduled to to participate.
Players also plan to hold a raffle to give away footballs signed by all of them.
The Chicago Department of Public Health Clinic will offer first-, second-, and booster shots, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, from 6 p.m. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hamilton Park Field House, 513 W. 72nd St.
The participants may sign up online, and walk-in is welcome.
Ruben Brown, a former Pro Bowl offensive lineman and member of the 2007 Bears’ Super Bowl team, will not be able to attend, but helped promote vaccinations, especially for black and brown recipients, who may be reluctant to get shot.
“We encourage people to get in touch with their healthcare providers so they can be informed about getting the vaccine,” Brown said. “It was all new to everyone. Everyone is a little nervous. I’ve been to that fence too. I went to my doctor and asked him how the situation was. He informed me so I could make good choices.”
During an interview with Tribune, Brown, who is retired, offered his services as a coach for the Bears, who are looking for a head coach. He also considered the Bears’ potential move to Arlington Heights, saying he likes Soldier Field.
“Unless there are some logistical problems,” he said, “there they are fine.”