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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - NFL Lineman And Medical Student

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (31) is a Canadian born professional football player for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He is 6’ 5” and 321 pounds.

He played university football and attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Duvernay-Tardif opted out of the 2020 NFL season in order to work in the health care system. He returned to Canada to work in a long-term care facility in Montréal as an orderly.

Duvernay-Tardif is only the fourth medical school graduate to play in the NFL.

As a result of his efforts on and off the field in 2020, he was named a co-winner of the Lou Marsh Award, given annually to Canada's top athlete, as well as the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.

On July 10, 2021, Duvernay-Tardif was named the recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award at the 2021 ESPYs for his decision to opt out of the 2020 NFL season to help fight the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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