Chiefs offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has seen firsthand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. Duvernay-Tardif, the first active NFL player to gradate from medical school, has spent his offseason working the front lines.
He has served as a doctor at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec. Duvernay-Tardif announced Friday night he will opt out of the 2020 season to continue his work in the medical field.
“This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life, but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote on social media. “That is why I have decided to take the Opt Out Option negotiated by the league and the NFLPA and officially opt out of the 2020 NFL season.“Being at the front line during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system. I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus to our communities simply to play the sport I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients."
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