Laurent Duverney-Tardif completely happy along with his determination to skip NFL season

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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif mentioned it will likely be unusual to sit down in entrance of the TV Thursday evening and watch the Kanas Metropolis Chiefs open the NFL season in opposition to the Houston Texans (eight p.m., TSN1, CTV, NBC, RDS2).

“The final time I wasn’t enjoying soccer right now of the yr was once I went crusing with my household once I was 15 or 16,” Duvernay-Tardif mentioned throughout a video convention Wednesday. “Normally I’m leaving (Montreal) when it’s 30, 35 levels and I come again to snow. You’re feeling the hype, individuals are trying ahead to (the NFL). I’m trying ahead to it, however I gained’t be enjoying.”

Seven months in the past, Duvernay-Tardif was the beginning proper guard for the Chiefs once they gained the Tremendous Bowl. In July, the 29-year-old McGill medical college graduate grew to become the primary of 61 NFL gamers to decide out of the 2020 season due to considerations over COVID-19.

“There have been a whole lot of components that went into that call,” mentioned Duvernay-Tardif, who added he was influenced by his work through the offseason at a long-term care facility within the Montérégie area. “I encountered individuals who made me understand that COVID doesn’t simply infect folks and kill them, it infects folks outdoors the healthcare neighborhood and places a stress on the healthcare system. That modified my perspective of the virus.