A Canadian NFL Player Was Named 'Sportsperson Of The Year' For The Best Reason (VIDEO)

He swapped the Super Bowl for scrubs! 🇨🇦
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Was Named 'Sportsperson Of The Year' For The Best Reason (VIDEO)
Senior Editor

Talk about multi-talented! Super Bowl champion Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Duvernay-Tardif’s year was off to a strong start when he won the 2020 Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in February.

However, when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Canada, he traded his football for scrubs and went to work as a front line health care worker.

As a trained doctor, the NFL star sat out the season to volunteer in a long-term care facility in Quebec.

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Speaking about the move at the time, Duvernay-Tardif described it as “one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life." 

However, he added, "but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally."

While it’s no-doubt been a tough nine months for the NFL champ, it seems his hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.

The 29-year-old was one of five athletes recognized by Sports Illustrated, described as "Sportsperson of the Year: The Activist Athlete."

Accepting the award, he tweeted, “To be recognized for my involvement off the field by one of the biggest sport awards means everything to me.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also responded to the achievement online, saying, "Congratulations, Laurent! This recognition is well-deserved."

In the past, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called Duvernay-Tardif a “hero.”

Way to make Canada proud, eh?

Helena Hanson
Senior Editor
Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.