It's been a difficult time for sports fans, but they'll get to see many of their teams play again soon. However, at least one Canadian athlete will be missing. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the NFL star who is also an MD, has opted not to play this year.\nIn a statement posted to Twitter on July 24, Duvernay-Tardif announced that he had made the choice to opt-out of playing in this year's NFL season.\n"This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life," he wrote, "but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally."\nEditor's Choice: Grimes Told Elon Musk To Get Off His Phone & Called Him Out In A Now Deleted Tweet\nDuvernay-Tardif added that working on the frontline during the pandemic gave him a different perspective on the levels of stress that it has put on other medical professionals.\n"I cannot allow myself to potentially transmit the virus in our communities to simply play the sport that I love," he said, "If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients."\nHe concluded by extending his gratitude toward his team for their "support and understanding."\nIn true Canadian fashion, the statement was also posted in French.\nMy decision regarding the 2020 NFL season pic.twitter.com/jrY3nZfNWO— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) July 25, 2020\nThe Canadian player who helped achieve a Super Bowl victory for the Kansas City Chiefs has actively been working in a long-term care home in his home province of Quebec.\nIn an April 29 Instagram post, he gave shout-outs to the other frontline health workers who helped him prepare to jump back into the medical field.\nView this post on Instagram Since I have been working in a long term care facility, I have learned a lot on our health care administration system. The many decisions taken need to be relayed and implemented to the teams in the trenches. The person in charge at the facility where I work is Solène, our leader. She has to keep team spirits high while letting them know that vacations have been cancelled and that screening tests are now mandatory every week for all staff. Her job seems very difficult. She has to manage very complex schedules, apply the everchanging sanitary measures, maintain the supply of protection material. When staff shortage becomes too intense, she puts on her mask and visor to join the teams on the floor. Regardless of all that work, she stays positive and gives her 100% to make sure the facility stays safe for the patients and staff. At home, her husband stops her from listening to the negative news on these facilities in the province to help her keep her focus on the task at hand. As she says so well, throughout times of crisis, you must highlight the good decisions and continue the efforts. Great work team 💪🏻 Thanks Solène💪🏻 P.S. Solène is a big fan of my friend Louis Morissette...or maybe it’s the other way around, I’m not sure anymore 😂 @zemorissette #team #work #fighting #covid_19 #pandemic A post shared by Laurent D. Tardif (@laurentduvernaytardif) on May 25, 2020 at 5:02am PDT\nDuvernay-Tardif told Sports Illustrated that all he wanted to do was lend a hand, and was not in it for the recognition as a professional athlete.\n"When you’re going in to help it’s more about your duty as a doctor and a citizen," he said, "It’s not the time to be the hero and be impulsive. You’ve gotta do it the right way."\nDuvernay-Tardif is a graduate of McGill University, and earned his medical degree in 2018, after he was drafted into the NFL. He completed his clinical rounds in the offseason.