Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif decided to opt-out of playing in the upcoming season, said CNN.
Duvernay-Tardif is the first practicing medical doctor to play in the NFL.
He made his decision because of his first-hand experience as medical practitioner during the coronavirus pandemic.
He posted on his Twitter account:
“This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life.
But I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally. “
The 29-year-old added:
“That is why I have decided to take the Opt Out Option.
(Which is) negotiated by the League and the NFLPA and officially opt out of the 2020 NFL season.”
As a practicing doctor, he said it gave him different perspective in seeing the pandemic.
“Being at the frontline during this offseason has given me a different perspective on this pandemic.
And the stress it puts on individuals and our healthcare system.
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 is the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season because of the pandemic, said the report.
According to ESPN, he was supposed to earn $2.75 million this season.
However, he decided to opt out.
Because of this, he instead gets $150,000.
This is the result of a Friday agreement struck between the union and the league.
Duvernay-Tardif earned his medical degree from McGill University in Canada in 2018.
On his third year of medical school, the Chiefs drafted him in the sixth round in 2014.
The defending NFL champion member continued his studies and returned to Montreal in the offseason.
He received his medical doctorate after eight years on May 29, 2018.