Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was named this 12 months’s recipient of the Muhammad Ali Sports activities Humanitarian of the 12 months award at Saturday night’s annual ESPY awards.
“My function wasn’t to play soccer, however as a substitute to be on the entrance traces of the worldwide pandemic.”
Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the winner of the Muhammad Ali Sports activities Humanitarian Award. pic.twitter.com/sixNjJ2iuZ
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 11, 2021
Duvernay-Tardif obtained the award because of selecting to decide out of the NFL season final 12 months to struggle COVID-19 on the entrance traces at a long-term care facility in Montreal. He has a medical diploma from McGill College.
Duvernay-Tardif final spoke to the native Kansas Metropolis media again in mid-June as he returned to the team for the first time in a year.
“To me, it was by no means about saying we shouldn’t have the ability to play sports activities in 2020,” he stated. “I really feel like by way of the pandemic, [there were] a ton of issues that divided folks. Sports activities might be one of many final issues that introduced folks collectively. I feel everyone did all the pieces they might with a purpose to make sports activities occur — and I feel it was nice for folks. The followers wanted it. All people went by way of ups and downs all through 2020. With the ability to watch the Chiefs — to observe your crew — carry out at a excessive stage although there’s a pandemic occurring? It’s an ideal factor. It’s the tissue of our society.”
ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian Awards is “a celebration of the affect made by athletes, groups and sports activities business professionals who’re utilizing sports activities to make a distinction of their communities and all through the world.”
Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs), Layshia Clarendon (Minnesota Lynx) and Titus O’Neil (WWE) had been among the many different nominees for the honour.