By Tom Brennan
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the first NFL player to publicly say he won’t suit up this year.
Duvernay-Tardif, 29, is a medical school graduate from McGill University in Canada, and he had been assisting as an orderly in a long-term care facility in the Montreal area during the coronavirus pandemic.
In his social media post, he called the decision one of the most difficult ones he has made in his life.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”