Doctor, student, ‘Sportsperson of the Year’

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a student at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is one of five recipients of Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year” award.

This year’s awards, announced in December 6, 2020 Sports Illustrated article, were given to athletes who prioritized different forms of activism in 2020.

Duvernay-Tardif, a Canadian doctor who spent several years playing football for the Kansas City Chiefs, stepped aside from the National Football League earlier this year so that he could work at a long-term care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic and enroll as a student at Harvard Chan School.

“To be recognized for my involvement off the field by one of the biggest sport awards means everything to me,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote on Twitter, according to a December 6, 2020 Canadian Press article.

Read the Sports Illustrated article about the awards: SI’s 2020 Sportsperson of the Year: The Activist Athlete

Read the Sports Illustrated article about Duvernay-Tardif: Meet Your 2020 Sportsperson of the Year Winners: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Read the Canadian Press article: Canadian NFLer Duvernay-Tardif among 5 activist athletes to win SI award