AP -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields and two other former players — Chester Pitts and Steven Jackson — who are involved in "boots on the ground" programs stress the need to provide all sorts of services to help people vote.

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While 14 NFL franchises are using their stadiums in the voting process, former players such as Shields are going into communities to help with registrations and mail-in ballots. Shields, who received the league's Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2003 and was a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team, recognizes the importance of "doing your part."

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