Laurent Duvernay-Tardif loving Jets chance after year on front lines fighting COVID

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Laurent DuVernay-Tarif returned to the starting lineup on Sunday for the first time in 21 months. It was challenging for the Jets to make their debut on right guard against the Dolphins, but for DuVernay-Tardiff it looked easy compared to what they were doing this time last year.

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DuVernay-Tarif, a licensed physician, opted out of last season with the Chiefs to work on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19 in his hometown of Montreal. DuVernay-Tarif said the 2020 experience had a great impact on him.

“I think it changed my outlook as a future doctor, but also as a football player, we realized the opportunity to play ball for a living,” DuVernay-Tardiff said. “I know I’m going to grow in the medical community for the next 40 years, but I think last year was under special circumstances.

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“I thought the best thing for me was to go to the front line and help in any capacity. I was part of a movement of thousands of people who went back and helped, be it retired nurses or doctors. I think it gave me a different perspective on the medical system. Everything is so hierarchical in general, but in times of crisis to feel that everyone comes together and works as a team was just wonderful. ,

Laurent DuVernay-Tarif has been leaving last season to play football after fighting COVID from the front lines.
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DuVernay-Tarif returned to football this year but was sidelined for the start of the season with a broken bone in his arm and then the Chiefs sold him to the Jets by last month’s trading deadline. He hailed the business as an opportunity to get back on the field.

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His last game action came at the Super Bowl after the 2019 season when he was the starting right guard for Kansas City in their 31-20 win over the 49ers. The 30-year-old spent a few weeks learning the Jets offense, played a few special-team snaps against the Bills on November 14, and then started in place of Greg Van Roten in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to Miami. Right protector.

“I am very sad, but very good,” DuVernay-Tarif said on Wednesday of how it felt to be back on the field. “It’s not the result we were expecting as a unit, as a team, but from a personal point of view I was really happy to be back from there. That’s why I’ve come to New York. To play this and on that ground.” Had to step in. It’s amazing. It’s a blessing.”

DuVernay-Tarif showed some rust. He allowed a team-high seven pressures against the Dolphins. But he earned a run-blocking grade of 78.0 from the PFF, the best score for any jet lineman. The Jets’ season-high in losses was 5.7 yards per carry.

Laurent DuVernay-Tarif has been leaving last season to play football after fighting COVID from the front lines.
Laurent DuVernay-Tarif has been leaving last season to play football after fighting COVID from the front lines.
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Whatever DuVernay-Tarif does on the field, his legacy is protected after the sacrifices he made in 2020.

“Football is an amazing adventure, but it’s, to me, a way to create a platform to promote a bigger message that you believe in,” he said. “For me, it’s public health. It’s trying to get primary prevention with kids etcetera. I hope that what I did will follow me and be part of my legacy as I use it to make a greater impact.” want to do.”

Teammates have joked that they are going to get medical advice from the coaches instead.

Laurent DuVernay-Tarif talks with Jets reporters on November 24, 2021.
Laurent DuVernay-Tarif talks with Jets reporters on November 24, 2021.
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“It’s already started. I think it’s more of a joke than anything else,” Duverani-Tardiff said. “I guess my job in the football locker room is to play football and I try to stay away from giving people second opinions. I could get myself into trouble with that.”

A serious medical topic that teammates have come up with is whether they should get the COVID vaccine.

“I’ve had some conversations with teammates about it,” DuVernay-Tarif said. “At the end of the day it’s a personal decision, but I think as a medical professional we have a responsibility to give the best possible information. It’s a personal decision, but of course, if you ask me, all should get vaccinated. I try to state the facts and be objective and having those conversations with teammates I think gives you another perspective on the issue.

“It allows me to better understand why some people are a little more hesitant about vaccination and maybe come up with a better reasoning. I think it’s great to have a conversation.”

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