By Pat Loeb

by Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Slugger Ryan Howard got an official Philadelphia send-off on Thursday, when City Council presented him with a resolution recognizing his contributions on, and off, the field.

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There was lots of nostalgia about the 2008 World Championship team, as council members marked the departure of the last member to wear a Phillies uniform.

But sponsoring Councilman Kenyatta Johnson noted it was Howard’s community work, building fields and training centers, creating educational projects, that made him a role model.

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“This is a gentleman who came to Philadelphia, rolled up his sleeves and said, ‘how can I give back to the community in which I am working,'” said Johnson

Howard says that work won’t stop.

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“If I’m not playing in a Phillies uniform, that doesn’t mean I’m finished with my work in the city and around Philadelphia. So my presence will still be felt, because there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done and I still plan on being part of it,” said Howard