Laurent Duvernay-Tardif retires from professional football.
The 32-year-old Quebecer announced his retirement on social networks Thursday morning, saying that he felt “serene” in his decision and that he was leaving accomplished.
Duvernay-Tardif played six seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2014 to 2019. He then played parts of 2021 and 2022 with the New York Jets.
“It’s been 9 years since I had the opportunity to play in the NFL, and sometimes I still can’t get over the opportunity to experience this adventure,” he wrote in his long press release.
The offensive lineman was selected by Kansas City in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft after playing at McGill University from 2010 to 2013.
The Mont-Saint-Hilaire native obtained his medical degree from McGill in 2018.
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He won Super Bowl 54 with the Chiefs in February 2020, then opted out the following season to volunteer at a Quebec long-term care facility during the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic .
The NFL congratulated him in a statement Thursday morning, noting the decision to put his football career on hold to help his community.
Duvernay-Tardif, six-foot-five and 321 pounds, was one of five athletes recognized as Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsman of the Year: Activist Athlete” in 2020.
— with files from The Canadian Press
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