The NFL Player Who Sat Out the 2020 Season To Work As a Doctor

Three days before Super Bowl LIV in February 2020, a reporter asked Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif what he thought about the coronavirus. At the time, he only knew what he had read and was more focused on going into the biggest football game of his life. Of course, his team won and shortly after he rented a 40-foot-long sailboat and sailed around the Caribbean to decompress. When he returned home to Canada, he was hit with a 14-day quarantine. It wasn’t long after quarantine that Laurent decided to put his medical degree to use. He signed up to opt out of the season with the Chiefs and went to work at Gertrude-Lafrance Center, a long-term care facility near Montreal, where he worked for the next few months. “I’ve got to be able to look at myself 10 years from now when I'm going to be a physician and know I made the right decision,” said Laurent. With the development of a coronavirus vaccine, Laurent has now returned to the Chiefs and will resume training for the fall season.