Laurent Duvernay-Tardif takes opt out, will not play in 2020

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Chiefs offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has seen firsthand the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. Duvernay-Tardif, the first active NFL player to graduate from medical school, has spent his offseason working the front lines.

He has served as a doctor at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec.

Duvernay-Tardif announced Friday night he will opt out of the 2020 season to continue his work in the medical field.

“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,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote on social media. “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.

“Being at the front line during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system. I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus to our communities simply to play the sport I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.

“I want to thank everyone in the Kansas City Chiefs organization for their support and understanding.”

Duvernay-Tardif’s decision came not long after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to an irrevocable opt-out plan Friday that will provide a stipend and will have contracts toll to 2021. Duvernay-Tardif was scheduled to make $2.75 million this season but instead will receive $150,000 from the NFL’s op-out deal.

He is the first player publicly to announce his decision to sit out the 2020 season.

53 responses to “Laurent Duvernay-Tardif takes opt out, will not play in 2020

  1. More power to him if that is what he wants to do. Not the smartest career choice to quit the NFL to become a full-time orderly in a nursing home, but to each their own.

    I wish him the best.👋✌

  2. Good for him. I know little about the dude, but I think his choice to help out his community over playing ball is awesome.

  3. Good on him, and I’m saying this as a fan. He’s following his convictions and not a thing in the world wrong with that. Once some normalcy has returned, Chiefs Kingdom will be waiting for you triumphant return Doc!

  4. NFL Man of the Year for 2020.
    Can we award him now and pay tribute to him before each game?

  5. Sad reality is he may have played his last game as a Chief, I still applaud this man for his sacrifices!

  6. That’s ok – he can go to Canada and play defense for the bleu blanc et rouge (Montreal Canadiens, for those non-hockey fans out there)…

  7. So here’s the broader news. Vets like Nate Solder who have to make a decision because of danger of being cut to make the reset cap #. If they opt out and give the team salary relief, their contract tolls. If they get cut they could get their 2020 salary or nothing. The NY A Football Team is hurting with a reduced cap, Solder is someone who could be in jeopardy.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    July 24, 2020 at 10:30 pm
    More power to him if that is what he wants to do. Not the smartest career choice to quit the NFL to become a full-time orderly in a nursing home, but to each their own

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    He is a Doctor not an orderly. packer fan, SMH

  9. Canadian here.

    Laurent Duvernay-Tardif did not lose a rep while playing CIS (Canadian University). Surprisingly, Akiem Hicks was lousy/lazy in CIS til he turned pro and became a force. Godspeed Laurent.

  10. Laurent’s true passion is to become a doctor. Absolutely nothing wrong with that. The Chiefs organization would let him attended medical school and miss personal time (training, practice) because they knew how important becoming a doctor was to this man.

    Football was a path to where he is now, football was never the destination. Please do not make this about politics. Again, football was just a way to get where he wants to be… if we could all be so lucky…

  11. This should tell us all just how serious this virus is. My kids had it. Worst 2 week stretch of my life. Don’t know what would happen if they caught it again. Be safe people

  12. Speaks volume the amount of hate I see on here. The guy made a decision to do something and it gets that reaction? Get out of here with the ignorant comments. If it doesn’t fit your narrative, dudes have heart attacks on here and sound beyond ignorant. Sad stuff.

  13. Poor guy has to fall back and rely on his brains, empathy and collegiate education when the NFL fails him during a pandemic.

  14. I am sure this was a very difficult decision. You have definately earned my respect.

  15. So many people posting on here only see $$. Well, rest at ease. In 2017, he signed a $41 million contract with a $10 million dollar signing bonus. Last years salary was $6 million. Somehow, I think he can eek by now on a doctor’s wages.
    This man spent 7 years of university training to become a medical doctor. His home town of Montreal was the hardest hit Canadian city during this pandemic. I can only applaud this man for having his priorities in order.

  16. Adam Schefter:

    “Duvernay-Tardif will not play this year and instead will continue to work as a orderly at a long-term care facility in Canada”

  17. He is a Doctor not an orderly. packer fan, SMH
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    No he isn’t. Good on him regardless though.

  18. This is what strength, courage, and conviction look like. If you can’t recognize it that’s on you and illuminates your limitation.

    I commend him for the work and sacrifice he’s done and his continued sacrifice and perspective. This folks, is a real man, a real person!

  19. “I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus to our communities simply to play the sport I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”

    Amazing. Too bad guys like Antonio Brown and Jamal Adams are the ones who get all the press coverage.

  20. Well done sir, putting others safety and care before yourself. It is an example of a behavior that can be looked to and emulated. In a world where a pandemic has become political it is nice to see someone do the right thing for the right reason.

  21. pkrfaninsc says:
    July 25, 2020 at 9:36 am
    He is a Doctor not an orderly. packer fan, SMH
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    No he isn’t.

    @@@@@@@222

    He is serving as a doctor. What is wrong with packer fans and reading comprehension?

  22. freefromwhatyouare says:
    July 25, 2020 at 9:28 am
    Adam Schefter:

    “Duvernay-Tardif will not play this year and instead will continue to work as a orderly at a long-term care facility in Canada”

    “He has served as a doctor at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec.”

    In the article above. What can’t you just say great job sir.

  23. At a time of emergency, Duvernay-Tardif has chosen to spend the year in service to people in need rather than focus on his own monetary interests. I’m glad that the League recognized that there would be good reasons for players to opt out this season and to make accommodation for that. I don’t know if D-T will be back in 2021, but the opt-out rules help preserve the possibility.

  24. NinoBrown says:
    July 24, 2020 at 11:28 pm
    So here’s the broader news. Vets like Nate Solder who have to make a decision because of danger of being cut to make the reset cap #. If they opt out and give the team salary relief, their contract tolls. If they get cut they could get their 2020 salary or nothing. The NY A Football Team is hurting with a reduced cap, Solder is someone who could be in jeopardy.
    ______________

    Solder will be a cap casualty AFTER this season, which will bump the Giants up to around 40 million in 2021 cap space.

  25. pkrfaninsc says:
    July 25, 2020 at 9:36 am
    He is a Doctor not an orderly. packer fan, SMH
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    No he isn’t. Good on him regardless though.
    —————————————————————–
    He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in May 2018 with a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (M.D., Ch.M.).

    Regardless of what position he is currently filling, he is a Doctor.

  26. Graduating from medical school does not make you a doctor.

    He still has years of being a resident ahead of him.

  27. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a real hero. He’s putting the lives of his fellow citizens above his NFL career. We need more men like him.

  28. You

    radar8 says:
    July 25, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a real hero. He’s putting the lives of his fellow citizens above his NFL career. We need more men like him.
    __________________________

    Then we might not have an NFL. It’s great what he is doing, but it his choice. Don’t put down others for not doing the same. Kaep gave up his career for a higher cause, but you slammed him. Smh

  29. Doctors and nurses know first hand that Covid 19 is not a hoax and is MUCH worse than the flu as some would have you believe. Doctors and nurses also know the importance of wearing a mask. If they can wear a mask all day long, then you can wear the mask for the few minutes it takes to walk from the parking lot to the store to do shopping.

  30. How can anyone give a thumbs-down to a man that is putting others lives before his own career? We should all strive to be as caring.

  31. “Then we might not have an NFL. It’s great what he is doing, but it his choice.
    Don’t put down others for not doing the same. Kaep gave up his career for a higher cause, but you slammed him. Smh”

    First of all, I praised Duvernay-Tardif, but I never put down other NFL players.

    Secondly, I have never slammed Kaepernick. In fact, I always supported his actions.

    SMH

  32. How can anyone knock a guy for opting out to, presumably, continue working on the front lines. While I wish he was with the team, he is needed just as bad if not more at the long term care facility. Take care of those people and plan to be back with the team in 2021.

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