Andy Reid: Players and coaches support Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s decision

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On Friday night, Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out of the 2020 season. On Saturday afternoon, coach Andy Reid praised the doctor who has opted to avoid doing anything that may contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

“I’m a huge Larry Duvernay-Tardif fan,” Reid told reporters. “I also was raised by a doctor. So I understand the dedication that it takes to be a doctor. We’re all blessed to have doctors in our lives. They’re givers, they not takers. They’re givers and they’re healers. So they want the best for you. So Larry has that quality, and you’re seeing it to the utmost here. I just think it’s tremendous dedication to his profession, what his future’s gonna be, and mainly to the people that he gets to help.

“So my heart goes out to him. I had a great talk with him, great visit with him. His players support him. The veteran players support him, and the coaches support him. We understand when football’s over this is gonna be one of the greatest doctors ever.”

Duvernay-Tardif will forgo his $2.75 million salary for 2020, tolling his contract and receiving a stipend of $150,000, which will be recovered by the Chiefs in his 2021 salary.

In a statement issued Friday night, Duvernay-Tardif explained that his own experiences have demonstrated the realities of the pandemic, including the stress it places on the healthcare system. “I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus to our communities simply to play the sport I love,” he said, in a quote that should be regarded not just as a statement of his own beliefs but as a message to others who may be doing things that potentially transmit the virus to our communities.

If Duvernay-Tardif can forgo $2.6 million this year to help reduce the spread of the virus, there’s plenty that the rest of us can do that would have far smaller financial consequences.

For example, wear a mask — one that covers the mouth and the nose.

10 responses to “Andy Reid: Players and coaches support Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s decision

  1. Before the Pats fans get started in this thread line they have in the others, let me say this, I’ve never seen an uglier group of people and fans that post in these threads. You would think that winning 6- Super Bowls would feel good and last a lifetime. But the threat of KC and Mahomes is real. You can see that the Pats fans that have posted on PFT are worried and they sense it’s over. If winning 6- SB titles makes you a bad person, I hope the Chiefs don’t win 7.

  2. slim2529 says:
    July 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Before the Pats fans get started in this thread line they have in the others, let me say this, I’ve never seen an uglier group of people and fans that post in these threads. You would think that winning 6- Super Bowls would feel good and last a lifetime. But the threat of KC and Mahomes is real. You can see that the Pats fans that have posted on PFT are worried and they sense it’s over. If winning 6- SB titles makes you a bad person, I hope the Chiefs don’t win 7.

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    You’re expecting Patriots fans to trash the Chiefs on a post about Duvernay-Tardif opting out so he can serve the medical needs of his community? I don’t think that’s a risk.

    I’m a Patriots fan. I admire D-T. Mahomes is an amazing player. I think it’s premature for Chris Jones and Tyreek to declare that they will win 7 Super Bowls, but that’s because winning ONE Super Bowl is tremendously difficult, not because I’m worried about some kind of threat to the Patriots. Whatever the Chiefs may accomplish in future seasons, if takes nothing away from the Patriots.

  3. slim2529 says:
    July 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm
    Before the Pats fans get started in this thread line they have in the others, let me say this, I’ve never seen an uglier group of people and fans that post in these threads. You would think that winning 6- Super Bowls would feel good and last a lifetime. But the threat of KC and Mahomes is real. You can see that the Pats fans that have posted on PFT are worried and they sense it’s over. If winning 6- SB titles makes you a bad person, I hope the Chiefs don’t win 7.

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    They’re on their way. Lol

  4. I’m a Patriots fan. I admire D-T. Mahomes is an amazing player. I think it’s premature for Chris Jones and Tyreek to declare that they will win 7 Super Bowls, but that’s because winning ONE Super Bowl is tremendously difficult, not because I’m worried about some kind of threat to the Patriots. Whatever the Chiefs may accomplish in future seasons, if takes nothing away from the Patriots.
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    I think it’s premature to say those things too. We will be lucky to win 2. I admire and respect what the Patriots have done and I think BB is the greatest coach ever and that TB12 is the greatest QB of all time. But for the life of me, I can’t understand why there are Patriots fans on this site, bashing the doctor for his choices and talking smack about PM15. It comes off as hating. If the Patriots time is done, that was an amazing run. I wouldn’t count BB out.

  5. I wonder if the contract tolling for a year is good or bad for the Chiefs’ salary cap this year and next year, when the cap will shrink.

  6. Even if they do not sign Jamal to an extension it is still a good deal for Seattle—draft picks are over rated especially late first rounders. The Jets will be lucky if one of those picks turns out to be an impact player. The Jets get 2 years of an all pro safety at a very reasonable cost.

  7. But…One has to wonder if the fans who post on here know more about COVID-19 than anyone with medical experience.
    I mean, a lot of them say it’s a hoax or not a big deal at all. Maybe some of those knowledgeable fans should contact Duvernay-Tardif and tell him it’s northing to worry about.

  8. Before the Pats fans get started in this thread line they have in the others, let me say this, I’ve never seen an uglier group of people and fans that post in these threads. You would think that winning 6- Super Bowls would feel good and last a lifetime. But the threat of KC and Mahomes is real. You can see that the Pats fans that have posted on PFT are worried and they sense it’s over. If winning 6- SB titles makes you a bad person, I hope the Chiefs don’t win 7.

    Pats fans are proud of their dynasty, as they should be. They aint worried about other jealous fans with a chip on their shoulder. They aint worried about the Chiefs winning 5 or 6 more Championships, Good luck with that. We shall see. Let them see how easy it is to repeat and win their 2nd. Odds are against it.

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