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Super Bowl-Winning Athlete Opts Out of 2020 NFL Season So He Can Continue Working on COVID-19 Frontlines

Posted by on August 6, 2020 in Conscious Living, Inspirational with 0 Comments

By McKinley Corbley | Good News Network

It has not even been one year since Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, was celebrating the team’s Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers—but now, the football star is opting out of the upcoming NFL season.

Since Duvernay-Tardif is a medical school graduate from McGill University in Montréal, he has been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreaks at a long-term care facility in Canada.

Rather than returning to “play the sport he loves,” Duvernay-Tardif says he will continue assisting as an orderly until the novel coronavirus is controlled.

The 29-year-old athlete published an open letter to his social media followers last week announcing his absence from the 2020 football season.

“Given the worldwide sanitary crisis we are currently experiencing, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to significant health and safety protocols to protect the players,” wrote Duvernay-Tardif. “There is no doubt in my mind the Chiefs’ medical staff have put together a strong plan to minimize the health risks associated with COVID-19, but some risks will remain.

“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,” he continued. “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.”


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