Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has exercised his right to opt out of the 2020 NFL season, becoming the first player to do so, and will instead continue to work as an orderly at a long-term care facility in Canada.
“Being at the frontline during this off-season has given me a different perspective on the pandemic and the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote. “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.”
Duvernay-Tardif was slated to make $2.75 million this season. Instead, he will receive $150,000 from the NFL’s op-out deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.