KC Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif goes on offense against COVID-19 in Quebec

Dan Weinbaum
April 27, 2020 - 12:26 pm
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif #76 of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks to the media during the Kansas City Chiefs media availability prior to Super Bowl LIV at the JW Marriott Turnberry on January 29, 2020 in Aventura, Florida.

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Kansas City, MO - Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif always wanted to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  Now he is.  Not as a Kansas City Chief football player exactly, but as a medical worker on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.


"Three days before Super Bowl LIV in February, a reporter asked what I thought about the coronavirus. Crazy, right?" he told Sports Illustrated.

Duvernay-Tardif – the first NFL player to take the field while holding a medical degree – got busy right after the Super Bowl win and the celebrations in Kansas City.

He returned to his native Quebec, Canada to work at a long-term care facility. 

Duvernay-Tardif holds a doctorate in medicine, though he hasn't picked a specialty nor completed a residency program. 

The Chiefs starting right guard shared with SI his experiences, and the magazine tells his tale through his own words

“Soon into the crisis, I started to ask how I could help."

Duvernay-Tardif told SI that the Chiefs have been “amazing” in their support of his efforts fighting the coronavirus.

“They were proud of the fact that I wanted to go help,” Duvernay-Tardif told SI. “They said they would support me.”

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