Patrick Mahomes: Everyone respects Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s decision not to play

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes lost one of his protectors when guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opted out of the 2020 season, but Mahomes says Duvernay-Tardif’s teammates are behind him.

Mahomes said he was surprised he won’t be sharing a huddle with Duvernay-Tardif, the first active NFL player to graduate from medical school, but he completely understands why Duvernay-Tardif will continue to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic at a long-term care facility in Montreal.

Everybody respects his decision 100 percent,” Mahomes said, via Michele Steele of ESPN. “Being a doctor is extremely important.”

The Chiefs will miss Duvernay-Tardif, but it’s impossible not to respect someone who has decided to do something less lucrative but more important.

28 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: Everyone respects Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s decision not to play

  1. He’s made $20 million so he can afford to sit out.
    But passing on $5.5 million is still giving up a chunk of earnings compared to what he has.
    But if he has $10 million in the bank, he’s making a rational choice.

  2. tb12greatest says:
    July 25, 2020 at 12:51 pm
    1-2 vs New England

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    So…..are you a Brady fan or NE fan? I’m confused. Your comment says you’re a NE fan, but your handle says you’re a Brady fan. In case you missed it, he no longer plays for NE.

  3. JJ Evans Jr. says:
    July 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm
    He quit on his team, quitters quit, The first casualty of Patrick Mahomes’ contract

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    Dumb comment. The guy is doing something with his life way more important than Football.

  4. So…..are you a Brady fan or NE fan? I’m confused. Your comment says you’re a NE fan, but your handle says you’re a Brady fan. In case you missed it, he no longer plays for NE.

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    He hasn’t decided yet. He’s waiting to see if the Pats will be a good team, or a bad team.

    Then, like most New Englanders did before the Super Bowls, he will follow wherever the fair weather takes him.

  5. JJ Evans Jr. says:
    July 25, 2020 at 12:41 pm
    He quit on his team, quitters quit, The first casualty of Patrick Mahomes’ contract

    What a colossally horrible comment. Seriously, you should be embarrassed.

  6. He is doing the honorable and selfless thing, his skills as a doctor are far more important and valuable to society than his skills on the field. All these folks with their negative comments make me sick. What are you doing to help society?

  7. He quit on his team, quitters quit, The first casualty of Patrick Mahomes’ contract

    He’s right, now everyone will want to get paid!

  8. gougeaway says:
    July 25, 2020 at 1:37 pm
    If I was an entitled millionaire, I wouldn’t go to work either!

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    Except he’s a doctor and working on the front lines at a nursing home in Quebec. So he’s not just staying home from work, he’s doing something for the greater good.

    He should be celebrated for this decision.

  9. Much respect. He values lives of others more than his playing career.
    What’s not to admire?

  10. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a modern day hero. He’s passing on the NFL to help save lives. We need more people just like him.

  11. The football version of Archibald ‘Midnight’ Graham. He will get his chance 100 years from now when a Kevin Costner lookalike builds a football field in the middle of iowa corn.

  12. 676, that’s “Moonlight” Graham. You’re welcome.
    Have to respect that the guy has found a calling more important to him than his current job. Good for him. Nice to hear about a fellow like him vs. the whining usually associated with players in the league.

  13. What if his replacement misses a block and gets Mahomes injured? It’s like the butterfly effect.

  14. There are people in this world who care about others, and there are people who simply never will. The comments here make it pretty obvious who’s who.
    And to those who don’t care, your parents failed you.

  15. Dudes a hero. Nothing but love and respect and hope for his and his families health from this Eagles fan.

  16. No player should be looked down upon for opting out. It’s up to each man to make his choice based on his personal situation.

  17. But does LeBron accept it? We all know he is the almighty ruler and authority on anything and everything.

  18. People taking my comment seriously and downvoting it is hilarious. It is obviously sarcasm you noobs

  19. Laurent deserves the NFL Man of the Year Award for 2020. His commitment and sacrifice for the community is unprecedented.

  20. “But if he has $10 million in the bank, he’s making a rational choice.”

    No. Anyone who thinks this virus is not completely overblown and poses a risk to almost nobody is insane. It’s nothing more than a political coup.

  21. I’d assume everyone putting LDT down for this are either being sarcastic, or are insignificant trolls. But I guess they could be astonishingly stupid too. (Hi Trevor)

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