First NFL player WORKS OUT this season, while Kansas City chief Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – who is also a doctor – insists: ‘I can’t possibly allow myself to transmit the virus to play the sport I love ‘
- Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the first NFL player to choose the upcoming season
- The attacking lineman is a doctor and instead works at a clinic in Canada
- He will earn $ 150,000 from an opt-out deal with the NFL and players’ association
Kansas City Chiefs player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the first NFL player to sign out this season due to the fears of the corona virus.
The attacking lineman is also a doctor and has worked in his native Canada in the off-season, saying he will continue to do so once the season begins again.
Duvernay-Tardif makes $ 150,000 from the opt-out deal agreed between the NFL and the players’ association – much less than his usual salary.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the first NFL player to sign out of the season due to coronavirus fears
“I can’t allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities just to play the sport I love,” said the 29-year-old wrote on Twitter.
“If I want to take risks, I take care of the patients.”
“This is one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make in my life, but I have to follow my beliefs and do what’s right in my opinion,” added the security guard, who is the only active NFL player with a medical doctorate .
That’s why I decided to opt for the opt-out option.
The attacking lineman tweeted the announcement along with his reasoning for the decision
“Being on the front line during this low season has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system.”
The season kicks off on September 10, with training camps with strict safety protocols opening to players on July 28.
Health and safety guidelines will be issued throughout the season to reduce the risk of play as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Duvernay-Tardif won the Super Bowl with the Chiefs last season and is also a physician
“We have worked together to develop a comprehensive set of protocols to minimize the risk to fans, players and club and league staff,” said Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“The season will undoubtedly bring new and extra challenges, but we strive for a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating in the Super Bowl.”
Duvernay-Tardif won the Super Bowl with the Chiefs last season – just the second time in their history and the first in 50 years.