COVID-19: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who renounces to the next season in the NFL

COVID-19: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif renonce à la prochaine saison dans la NFL

The NFL intends to start his season as planned, but for the amateurs in the province, a large piece missed the call. The guard of the Chiefs Kansas City chiefs Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made the choice to put a cross on the campaign, due to fears linked to the pandemic of the COVID-19.

The former of McGill University, who has spent the last few months as a caregiver in NURSING homes, is the first NFL player to invoke a clause that allows players to the NFL out of the season è come and see their wage by 2021.

“Because of the global health crisis that we currently live in, the NFL and the players Association of the NFL have agreed on a number of protocols in scope related to the health and safety in order to protect the players. I am convinced that the medical team of the Chiefs has put in place a solid plan to minimize the health risks associated with the COVID-19.

My decision regarding the 2020 NFL season

Published by Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on Friday, 24 July 2020

“However, risks remain and, as a future health professional, I can’t allow it to become a potential vector of transmission in our communities,” said the guard to the right, starting with the Chiefs and graduated in medicine, via its social networks.

For the moment, Duvernay-Tardif has chosen not to provide further explanations and requests for interviews from the Journal have been denied.

Difficult decision

Duvernay-Tardif, who joined the Chiefs as a choice of the sixth round in 2014 and has made its way to the sacre ultimate during the last Super Bowl in Miami, has indicated that he has obviously not taken this decision light-heartedly.

“This decision has been one of the most difficult I have had to take in my life. That said, considering the health risks, I have to do what is best for me. It is for this reason that I made the decision not to play this season according to the clause “opt-out” negotiated by the players Association and the league, which is available for all NFL players “, he ruled.

An experience that has influenced

Obviously, the passage of the offensive lineman in front during the crisis in the CHSLD quebec has given him a different vision of other players who have not experienced the crisis in the eye of the storm.

“My experience on the first lines in spring of last year has given me a different perspective in the face of the pandemic, and the stress that it puts on the health system. If I am required to find myself in a situation with significant risks, that I will do in treating patients, ” concluded the one who intends to return in force if the conditions allow it, the next season.

The Chiefs should normally commence their season curtain-raiser to the NFL schedule on Thursday, September 10, to face the Houston Texans.

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