Canadian-born offensive guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has announced his retirement from the NFL. Both a doctor and an professional-caliber offensive lineman, Duvernay-Tardif was drafted into the CFL and NFL in the same year.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network tweeted out Duvernay-Tardif’s own announcement originally via Instagram.
Attending McGill university and earning his degree in medicine, Duvernay-Tardif played college ball at the same time, eventually being selected in the third round of the CFL Draft, and the sixth round of the NFL Draft. In America, he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs and in Canada, he was chosen by the Calgary Stampeders.
He opted out of the 2020 NFL season, becoming the first NFL player to do so. Duvernay-Tardif was working at his college’s hospital’s long-term care facility as an orderly, and continued to fight COVID-19 as a doctor off of the field. He was named one of Sports Illustrated’s Sportspeople of the Year for his efforts.
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