Super Bowl Winner with Kansas City Chiefs fighting Covid-19
For the uninitiated, Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs lineman, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is also doctor. When he isn’t playing football, he works at one of Quebec’s troubled long-term care facilities for seniors.
The 29-year old graduated from the McGill University faculty of medicine in Montreal in 2018. During his off-season, he volunteered to help out in the crisis, as per Sports Illustrated.
The Kansas City Chiefs player’s agent, Sasha Ghavami confirmed that he was working at CHSLDs in Quebec. However, he remained silent on further details and insisted that his client would not comment any further on the matter.
According to Quebec media, Duvernay-Tardif is working at a CHSLD in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu area. That area is about 40 km southeast of Montreal and the 29-year old Kansas City Chiefs player is a local.
When he spoke to Sports Illustrated, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif revealed that he “was assigned to a long-term care facility near my hometown on the South Shore, which is about an hour from Montreal.”
The Kansas City Chiefs whole-heartedly approved
Quebec Premier Francois Legault and Health Minister Danielle McCann issued a call to the province’s doctors and medical specialists. Suffice to say, they all answered and are helping out at the province’s CHSLDs, where a majority have become COVID-19 hotspots. More worryingly, these hotspots have been the sites of a vast majority of COVID-19 fatalities in the province.
Duvernay-Tardif told Sports Illustrated that he was eager to help out in his hometown during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apparently, he also heard the province’s leaders call and wanted to act immediately.
“It’s now possible for me to go back and help,” he said. “I had already wanted to, but when it’s real, it hits you, the gravity involved.”
The Canadian told Sports Illustrated that he consulted with the Chiefs about his plans. As it turns out, they were proud of the fact that he wanted to go help and threw their full support behind him