Duvernay-Tardif says working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis gave him a different perspective on the pandemic
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Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif announced on Twitter Friday that he is opting out of the 2020 NFL Season.
“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. 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,” Duvernay-Tardif said in the tweet.
He said that being at the front line of the COVID-19 crisis in the offseason gave him a different perspective on the pandemic. Duvernay-Tardif graduated from medical school.
He said that while he knows the Chiefs’ medical staff have put together a strong plan to minimize the health risks associated with COVID-19, some risks will remain.
“I want to thank everyone in the Kansas City Chiefs organization for their support and understanding,” Duvernay-Tardif said.
He was scheduled to make $2.75 million this season and instead will receive $150,000 from the NFL’s opt-out deal.
During a Zoom conference call Saturday, head coach Andy Reid had this to say about Duvernay-Tardif’s decision:
“I’m a huge Larry Duvernay-Tardif fan, and I was also raised by a doctor. I understand the dedication that it takes to be a doctor, and we’re all blessed to have doctors in our lives. They’re givers. They’re not takers. They’re givers. They’re healers. They want the best for you, so Larry has that quality. And you’re seeing it to the utmost here. I just think it’s tremendous dedication to his profession, what his future is going to be, and mainly to the people that he gets to help. My heart goes out to him. I had a great talk with him, great visit with him. His players support him, the veteran players support him and the coaches support him. We understand that when football is over, this is going to be one of the greatest doctors ever, so we appreciate that.”