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15 Nov 1999: Ray Lucas #6 of the New York Jets moves with the ball during the game against the New England Patriots at the Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Jets defeated the Patriots 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport

Former Jets and Rutgers quarterback Ray Lucas and New York Giants Super Bowl Champion David Tyree were among former NFL stars in attendance at the NFL Alumni Support COVID-19 Vaccination event at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson on December 18.

New York Giants wide receiver #85 David Tyree on the sidelines during the Houston Texans vs New York Giants game on November 5, 2006 at Giants Stadium . .The Giants won 14-10. (Photo by Tom Berg/NFLPhotoLibrary)

A number of former NFL stars including former Giants center and Super Bowl champion Shaun O’Hara, and former Giant and San Diego Charger lineman, and current NFL Alumni NY/NJ President Roman Oben were in attendance to show their support behind the vaccination effort.

NFL Alumni has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in tackling COVID-19 through an outreach and education initiative. The event was free, and those in attendance were about meet and greet with NFL stars, as well as either get the vaccine or get tested.

Throughout the country more than 50 former NFL players have participated in the outreach.

Below is the audio from our news director Michael Cohen’s interview with Ray Lucas. Lucas talks about the importance about getting vaccinated as well as his love for Rutgers football, and whether the New York Jets got the right guy in Zach Wilson.

Meanwhile David Tyree and Roman Oben talk about the importance of the event, and how the NY/NJ Chapter is making a large impact on the community.

Earlier in the week, Michael spoke with Shaun O’Hara via zoom about his involvement in the program, as well as his thoughts on Rutgers and the Giants.