Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the first player to opt-out of the NFL season due to COVID-19. He tweeted Friday to announce the tough decision. Laurent will not take the field with the Chiefs this season, however, he will still be on the line, but in a different field.
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My decision regarding the 2020 NFL season pic.twitter.com/jrY3nZfNWO
— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) July 25, 2020
Duvernay-Tardif graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in May 2018 with a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (M.D., Ch.M.). He has been using his medical degree this offseason to assist on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. In doing so, the chiefs lineman’s eyes have been opened to the real threat that COVID presents, and how it has affected so many people.
“Being at the frontline during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system,” said the Chiefs lineman. “I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities simply to play the sport that I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”
The Chiefs lineman added there is “no doubt in [his] mind” the Chiefs’ medical personnel have a strong plan to minimize health risks for the upcoming season, but that some risks still remain with the virus.
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