Kansas City, MO - Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will opt-out of the 2020 NFL Season to focus on providing healthcare using his medical doctorate.
"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. 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," Duvernay-Tardif said in the tweet.
Duvernay-Tardif holds a doctorate in medicine, though he hasn't picked a specialty nor completed a residency program.
Earlier this year, KMBZ reported on Duvernay-Tardif being featured on HBO's Real Sports for his decision to go to home to his native Quebec shortly after winning the Super Bowl with the Chiefs to work on the front lines of the pandemic.
He said doing that kind of work in the offseason gave him a different perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was scheduled to make $2.75 million this season and instead will receive $150,000 from the NFL’s opt-out deal.
Due to his decision to provide medical care during the pandemic, Sports Illustrated featured Duvernay-Tardif with a magazine cover and feature story.
"I want to thank everyone in the Kansas City Chiefs organization for their support and understanding," Duvernay-Tardif said.
During a video conference call Saturday, head coach Andy Reid said:
"I’m a huge Larry Duvernay-Tardif fan, and I was also raised by a doctor. I understand the dedication that it takes to be a doctor, and we’re all blessed to have doctors in our lives. They’re givers. They’re not takers. They’re givers. They’re healers. 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 is going to be, and mainly to the people that he gets to help. 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 that when football is over, this is going to be one of the greatest doctors ever, so we appreciate that."