Laurent Duvernay-Tardif working on coronavirus front lines

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When Chiefs guard/doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif first asked how he could help fight the outbreak of coronavirus, he was told the best thing he could do was spread the message of social distancing.

As things have progressed, he’s now able to do more than interviews, and to put his medical degree to use.

Duvernay-Tardif wrote about his experiences for Sports Illustrated, and said he was given a new assignment last week which allows him to do more to help, working in a long-term care facility in his native Canada.

“My first day back in the hospital was April 24,” he said. “I felt nervous the night before, but a good nervous, like before a game, and I packed everything neatly: scrubs, white coat, extra pens, even a second pair of shoes that I could leave in my locker, knowing they were clean. I wasn’t aware the Chiefs had drafted a running back that night in the first round, even though I will block for my future teammate, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, from LSU.”

That reminded him of his own draft experience, when he missed a draft party at his own house because he was working in an intensive care unit, helping with an emergency C-section.

He said his current role is “more of a nursing role,” as he relieves workers already taxed by the pandemic, and that there has been one positive test for COVID-19 at the facility he’s working at.

It’s a far cry from winning a Super Bowl a few months (or what feels like a lifetime) ago.

“It’s wild to think that just 10 weeks earlier I played in the biggest game in sports,” he said. “I was reminded of that even at the facility, when one of the people training me turned and said, “You’re the football player, right?” When I answered yes, he said, “Bro, you just won the Super Bowl.” Indeed, I told him, and now I just want to help.”

That makes him a different kind of hero, one more deserving of the parade he was part of in Kansas City, the kind of gathering which doesn’t seem real now.

29 responses to “Laurent Duvernay-Tardif working on coronavirus front lines

  1. should get his own second parade in KC, what an awesome story about n even better person.

    Doctor and NFL athlete. I won’t let jealousy get in the way of this dudes story, very impressive.

  2. Not a KC fan, but I will be rooting for you Doc. Thanks for your service to the healthcare industry.

  3. That’s great and all but front lines is a complete exaggeration. Go work in a hospital in NYC or SF and we’ll talk about front lines.

  4. Wonderful to see Laurent making a positive contribution to his community and for having the humility to perform nursing duties where they are needed most in long term care facilities in Quebec. As a province, Quebec has been hit the hardest by COVID-19 in Canada and his selfless service to those less fortunate ought to be celebrated along with the service and sacrifice of all frontline workers in a Super Bowl scale way. Bravo Zulu Laurent.

  5. Front Lines are front lines dude… whether its NYC or Paducah Kentucky…

    This virus is no joke. Ive seen it first hand, and its scary and sad. We can NOT open this country too soon…

    I undestand about the financial pain..

    But you cant feed yuh pur family if ypu are dead either.

  6. This is one tough dude – he is risking his life on the line here while teams and the NFL have done virtually nothing but give hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is time for the owners and the NFL leadership to put up big dollars to help people out.

    This guy should already be named player of the year. He’s the real deal unlike Lame.

  7. “That’s great and all but front lines is a complete exaggeration. Go work in a hospital in NYC or SF and we’ll talk about front lines.”

    You first.

  8. I’m a Raider fan but a fan of Duvernay-Tardif as well. What a tremendous role model. Selfless work by him.

  9. Smartest player in the league just happens to be Canadian… not a coincidence. Truth hurts.

  10. I don’t want to see the country open up too soon but I do find it amusing how the folks that want everything to stay closed are the same ones that are still getting paid.

  11. rwd57200 says:
    April 28, 2020 at 8:05 am
    That’s great and all but front lines is a complete exaggeration. Go work in a hospital in NYC or SF and we’ll talk about front lines.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    A hospital unit full of Covid patients surrounded by a small population is just as dangerous as a hospital unit full of Covid patients surrounded by a large population.

    Dangerous is dangerous.

    Bravery is bravery.

    Stupidity is stupidity.

  12. rwd57200 says:
    April 28, 2020 at 8:05 am
    “That’s great and all but front lines is a complete exaggeration. Go work in a hospital in NYC or SF and we’ll talk about front lines.”

    With over 900 deaths out of 2700 in the entire country, Montreal is literally the front lines of Covid-19 in Canada. Quebec (pop. 8.4 million) has almost as many Covid deaths as California. Seniors homes, where LDT is working, are the most dangerous places in the most dangerous metro in the worst hit province in the country. This is a Lysol-injection level of ignorance on the part of the original poster.

  13. So men who watch and care about sports too much believe all the Coronvirus hype? Wow I am shocked. sigh….

  14. Unless he’s working in a long term care facility staffed by part-time lumberjacks, it must have taken a brain surgeon to ask a 6’5″ 320 lb man if he was the FB player.

  15. “…Smartest player in the league just happens to be Canadian…”

    Or maybe Canada is so desperate for doctors that even big oafs from the offensive line qualify. What the story doesn’t say, he’s in there wrapping their ankles & shooting them up with the ‘roids to get them back out on the field…

  16. rwd57200 says:
    April 28, 2020 at 8:05 am

    That’s great and all but front lines is a complete exaggeration. Go work in a hospital in NYC or SF and we’ll talk about front lines.

    ————————————————

    He’s from Canada, thats where he was born and raised and went to college

  17. dkcjb says:
    April 28, 2020 at 1:36 pm
    “…Smartest player in the league just happens to be Canadian…”

    Or maybe Canada is so desperate for doctors that even big oafs from the offensive line qualify. What the story doesn’t say, he’s in there wrapping their ankles & shooting them up with the ‘roids to get them back out on the field…

    I guess there has to be at least one complete idiot in every comment section.

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