Jerome Bettis, Ryan Shazier, Will Allen and Franco Harris are all advocating for people to get vaccinated.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers have partnered with UPMC to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Jerome Bettis, Ryan Shazier, Will Allen and Franco Harris all recorded messages voicing their support of vaccination.

“I get to see my family again. I get to spend time with my friends, go out to eat and look forward to going to Steelers games soon,” Shazier said.

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“And more importantly, for our Black and brown communities, the most vulnerable population that’s been impacted and devastated [by the virus]. So it gives them the chance to be safe,” Allen said.

“For me, getting the COVID-19 vaccine is critically important,” Bettis said, adding, “We all need to make this big play.”

“So protect your community and get vaccinated,” Harris said.

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The Steelers, Penguins and Pirates organizations have been very vocal about their support for COVID-19 vaccinations. All teams have partnered with local healthcare providers to run vaccination events in the last several months, and several players with the Pirates and Penguins have received the COVID-19 vaccine.