NFL | Laurent Duvernay-Tardif wants to come back to the game next season

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is bored of football.

Posted January 14, 2021 4:06 PM

Updated at 19:51

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© The  offensive lineman who won the last Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs does not regret skipping the 2020 season to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. But the six-foot-five, 321-pound Quebecer is finding it increasingly difficult to be a simple supporter and plans to resume his football career in the fall.

“At first I missed playing in front of 80,000 people, then I told myself that at least they weren’t playing in front of 80,000, so it was easier to accept,” said Duvernay-Tardif in an interview. telephone Thursday. Now I miss a lot more than that.

“During the Chiefs’ week off, every morning I would wake up wondering how the coach had organized his game plan. What day did we put on the full equipment? Do we have weekends off? Do we resume Monday as a normal week? It’s in my DNA. I feel like I’m part of it even though I’m not. I miss it a lot. ”

© The  Chiefs finished atop the American Association’s overall standings with a 14-2 record. © The y will begin their title defense by hosting the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Duvernay-Tardif helped the Chiefs defeat the 49ers San Francisco 31-20 in the Super Bowl, ending the team’s 50-year drought without winning the ultimate NFL game.

In July, Duvernay-Tardif, who received his medical degree from McGill University in 2018, became the very first NFL player to announce he would stay off the pitch in 2020 due to the pandemic. , preferring instead to work in a long-term care center in Montreal.

Head coach Andy Reid, whose mother is also a McGill medical graduate, and quarterback Patrick Mahomes were among those who applauded his decision.

© The  renowned American magazine Sports Illustrated named Duvernay-Tardif among its Sports Personalities of the Year. He later won the Lou-Marsh Trophy, awarded annually to Canada’s outstanding athlete.

“I’m 100% sure I made the right decision, but at the same time people give me too much credit,” he said. I know what it represents […] but I believe my definition of a hero has changed this year.

“I’m grateful that I’ve been given these honors, but at some point you feel bad. You wonder who you are to deserve this. You look at what you did and it wasn’t that much compared to this or that nurse. […] I think it is the front line workers who should be recognized in this way. ”

Duvernay-Tardif, who will be 30 in February, has not stopped training. He even built an outdoor gymnasium on the roof of his house. Time spent without playing helped her body recover.

“I think it took a good six months to fully recover. I can now do things that I couldn’t before. I live in front of a mountain and can hike the trails to the top with no pain. It’s a new feeling for me. ”

© The re is no doubt in his mind that he wants to resume football next summer. Even though he’s been a starter in 57 of the 60 games he’s played for the Chiefs, he also knows he will have to fight to regain his position.

“I’m in better shape than I was last year. It doesn’t make sense to study a playbook right now; all I can do is make sure I’m in the best shape possible. © The n I will think about my post. This is the state of mind that I am. ”

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