Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: From Offensive Line to Medical Front Lines
Super Bowl Winner Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Uses Med Degree to Help With COVID-19
The modern-day athlete is convincing more and more of society that the phrase “dumb jock” is a phrase of the past. Chiefly for Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who is significantly more than a Super Bowl champion. Duvernay-Tardif is also a medical student graduate. On top of that, he’s the first med school graduate to ever step foot onto the NFL gridiron. Instead of having an off-season like most players, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif instead chose to return to medicine and practice his doctorate to help battle the coronavirus.
“I felt nervous the night before, but a good nervous, like before a game, and I packed everything neatly: scrubs, white coat, extra pens, even a second pair of shoes that I could leave in my locker, knowing they were clean,” said Duvernay-Tardif to Sports Illustrated.
“My shift started at 7:30 a.m. I found out that I would be working for now in more of a nursing role, helping relieve the workers who have already been in place.”
Duvernay-Tardif in the Trenches
Duvernay-Tardif reached out to the health ministry and public health authorities. Through that process, he accepted a nurse-like role, as all hands on deck are needed to help combat the virus. Knowing that it could be a while before sports return to business, he knew that there are much bigger issues than not being able to play football for the NFL.
NFL Contract Status
Laurent also recently restructured his NFL with the Chiefs. His contract will expire after the 2020 upcoming NFL season. A huge factor to consider is if the season will actually even happen. However, if it does, Duvernay-Tardif will become a free agent.
Lots of teams in the NFL could use an offensive guard. Especially due to how many teams like to air out the ball in today’s modern NFL game. Once he becomes a free agent, expect teams like the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Los Angeles Chargers to come knocking in a hurry.