“My first day back at the hospital was April 24,” wrote Duvernay-Tardif. “I felt nervous the day before, but a good nervous, like before a match.”
CNN contacted Kansas City chiefs for comments from Duvernay-Tardif, but received no response.
Duvernay-Tardif was a sixth round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, according to the chefs’ website. Four years later, he obtained his doctorate in medicine from McGill University in Canada.
His residency is on hold for the moment, but that hasn’t stopped him from wanting to help in his native Canada as news of Covid-19 developed during his post-season vacation with his girlfriend. It would not be easy for him to return directly to the medical field.
“I fell into a gray area where they did not know what to do with me, because I do not yet have a license to practice,” wrote Duvernay-Tardif. “In the meantime, the authorities have informed me almost daily and I have used my platform and credentials to relay their messages.”
After checking with the chefs, Duvernay-Tardif was authorized to assist health professionals. He first followed an “intensive course”, learning and reviewing how to put on a surgical gown and all the stages of disinfection.
“This stuff is more important than ever, to protect you, not only yourself, but also your patients,” he wrote.
“There are so many things that have to happen just to visit each patient – donned masks and washed hands and equipment like gloves and visors pulled and removed and thrown away. I manipulated a medicine cart, making sure I got the right dose and Honestly, I was exhausted afterwards – and I can’t wait to go back, “wrote Duvernay-Tardif.
Duvernay-Tardif is part of the NFLPA working group
Now a member of the NFL’s Player’s Association task force, Duvernay-Tardif says he is also responsible for working with experts to determine safety measures for returning from the NFL. The task force will examine “how the teams will train, how they will travel and how the games will play out,” wrote Duvernay-Tardif.
“It is too early to say when the sport could return. Or what it might look like,” he wrote. “Knowing all the implications of what sport means to a nation and the money behind this huge industry, there will be bigger problems than not playing football.”
CNN’s Kevin Dotson and Jill Martin contributed to this report.