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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Announces His Retirement

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif retire

(Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif announces retirement from the NFL. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Announces His Retirement

In a heartfelt and unexpected announcement on Instagram, former Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has decided to hang up his cleats and retire from the NFL Thursday.

I’ve have the chance to play in the NFL for 9 years and even today, I sometimes can’t believe I was able to experience this adventure,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote, via translation. “Being a professional athlete is a privilege as well as an extremely enriching human and personal experience. The victories, losses and injuries have all been moments to learn how to win and lose as a team while managing a wide range of emotions.”

This decision highlights the incredible journey of a man who seamlessly balanced two demanding careers – professional football and medicine.

Duvernay-Tardif was a sixth-round pick out of McGill by the Chiefs in 2014 and he remained with the team until being traded to the Jets. He started in 63 games with Kansas City, including in their Super Bowl LIV matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Duvernay-Tardif earned his medical degree from McGill University in Canada. Shortly after, he became a symbol of dedication and determination, both on and off the field. His decision to step away from the game temporarily in 2020 to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic as a doctor on the front lines showcased his selflessness and commitment to a greater cause.

He returned to football in 2021 and played in 13 games for the Jets over the last two seasons.

As he retires, Duvernay-Tardif serves as a reminder of the limitless potential that resides within each individual. His ability to seamlessly transition between two demanding professions exemplifies the power of perseverance and the pursuit of one’s passions.

Duvernay-Tardif retires as a Super Bowl champion and an inspiration to many.

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