Pro Football Hall of Fame recognizes Chiefs' Duvernay-Tardif with display

Chiefs guard turned doctor first to opt out of 2020 NFL season over coronavirus
Posted at 8:07 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 21:36:25-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Another Kansas City Chief is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This time it's for great work off the field.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Saturday it received the medical scrubs and lab coat of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

The items are now on display in the Pro Football Today Gallery.

Duvernay-Tardif is working on the front lines to knock down the COVID-19 pandemic.

He started at guard for the Chiefs, but decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, hanging up his jersey for his scrubs.

Duvernay-Tardif, 29, was the first player to opt out of the season.

He went on Twitter July 24 to confirm his decision, calling it "one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life."

"I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally," Duvernay-Tardiff said. "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 in our communities simply to play the sport that I love. If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients."

Returning to his native Quebec, Duvernay-Tardif serves at a long-term care facility outside of Montreal.

Duvernay-Tardif balanced playing NFL football and medical school.

He earned his doctorate from McGill University in 2018.

Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round pick in 2014 from McGill College in Canada, started 14 games during the Chiefs Super Bowl season.