Former Bears tight end Desmond Clarke should be among several retired soccer stars signing autographs at the COVID vaccination clinic in Englewood on Saturday.
Members of the NFL Alumni Health, including former Bears quarterback Charlie Brown, former running Green Bay Packers defender Michael Blair, Simon Chandler of the Kansas City Chiefs, Michael Harris of the Oakland Raiders and former NFL coach Angel Lopez, are also expected to attend.
The players are also planning to play the balls signed by all.
The Chicago Department of Public Health Clinic will offer first, second, and booster shots including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson from 11:00 to 15:00 at Hamilton Park Field Home, 513 W. 72nd St.
Participants can register online.
Reuben Brown, a former Pro Bowl offensive player and member of the 2007 Bears’ Super Bowl team, will not be able to attend, but has helped promote vaccinations, especially for black and brown recipients who may not want to be vaccinated.
“We encourage people to contact their health care providers so they can be informed about getting the vaccine,” Brown said. “All this was new for everyone. Everyone is a little nervous. I was on this fence too. I went to my doctor and asked him what the situation was. He informed me so that I could make the right choice. ”
During an interview with the Tribune, Brown, retired, offered his services as a coach for the Bears looking for a head coach. He also weighed in on the Bears’ potential move to Arlington Heights, saying he likes Soldier Field.
“If there are no logistics problems,” he said, “where they are, everything is fine.”