The Football Hall of Fame paid tribute to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif for his efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The institution is currently exhibiting a lab coat, white coat and protective visor that the Kansas City Chiefs guard has worn in recent months.
“I am truly honored to receive this award from the Football Hall of Fame,” the Quebecer wrote on his social media on Monday. I accept this on my own behalf, but also on behalf of all frontline workers who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities. Thank you!”
Recall that the medical graduate chose not to participate in the 2020 NFL season to help out in a CHSLD on the South Shore of Montreal. He was also the first player on the Goodell circuit to make this decision.
“It was one of the hardest things I have had to take in my life. Having said that, considering the health risks, I must do what is best for me, ”said the 29-year-old footballer at the time.
A different way of seeing things
Duvernay-Tardif had chosen to get involved in the Quebec health system in the first weeks of the pandemic.
“My experience on the front lines last spring gave me a different perspective on the pandemic and the stress it places on the healthcare system. If I find myself in a situation involving significant risks, I will do so by treating patients. ”
Duvernay-Tardif also took advantage of this break from football to return to the school benches, he who follows online courses at the prestigious Harvard University. He had completed his medical studies at McGill University while playing with the Chiefs.
Before retiring from the current Goodell Circuit campaign, Duvernay-Tardif played six seasons in the NFL, being selected in the sixth round (200th overall) by the Chiefs in the 2014 draft. He also won the Super Bowl with the Kansas City team last season.