Canadian OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif tests positive for COVID-19

Photo courtesy: New York Jets

Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an offensive lineman for the New York Jets, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Tom Pelissero.

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded Duvernay-Tardif to the New York Jets in early November moments before the trade deadline. He has since started five consecutive games at guard for the Green and White.

The 30-year-old started 57 games for the Chiefs from 2015-19 after being selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of McGill. The medical doctor opted out of the 2020 NFL season back in July 2020 to dedicate his time to his patients. The Chiefs reached the Super Bowl again in his absence, falling to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Duvernay-Tardif worked as an orderly in a long-term care facility in his home province of Quebec in 2020 and served on the NFLPA’s COVID-19 task force. He also launched the Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Foundation with his longtime girlfriend, Florence, to ensure both physical activity and creativity are a part of a child’s development and educational success.

The native of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que. has been recognized several times this year for his tremendous work and personal sacrifice. He was a co-recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete, he was named ESPN’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year, he was named one of Sports Illustrated’s 2020 Sportspersons of the Year, and his lab coat was on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.