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The first medical doctor to play in the NFL went from a Super Bowl win to the coronavirus front line


Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was playing in the biggest game of his lifeless than three months ago, bringing home the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif earned his doctor of medicine degree in 2018. The Chiefs right guard — who is also the first medical doctor to play in the NFL – is now on the front line with other medical professionals in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Duvernay-Tardif is working at a long-term care facility near Montreal in what he described as a “nursing role,” according to an article he wrote that was published Monday in Sports Illustrated. “My first day back in the hospital was April 24,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote. “I felt nervous the night before, but a good nervous, like before a game.” Although he could not dive directly into the field, Duvernay-Tardif took a crash course to learn all the proper steps when being a medical staff – such as sanitation and proper way to put on a surgical gown. Now serving on the NFL’s Player’s Association task force, Duvernay-Tardif says he’s also responsible for working with experts to determine safety measures for the NFL’s return. The task force will look at “how teams will train, how they will travel and how the games will take place,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote. “It’s too soon to say when sports might come back. Or what that might look like,” he wrote. “Knowing all the implications of what sport means for a nation and the money behind this huge industry, there are going to be bigger issues than not playing football.”

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