Chiefs Player Who Abandoned His Team Is The Real Winner Of Super Bowl LV

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Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif missed the season that took his team to their second Super Bowl in two years to work as a doctor in a Montreal hospital.

And despite his team’s chance to win it all again on February 7, he’s at peace with his decision to help others.

He opted out due to COVID-19

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif blocked for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes when their team won the Super Bowl in 2020, but when it came time to go for a repeat, he became the first NFL player to opt out of the season due to COVID-19.

“This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally,” Duvernay-Tardif said on Twitter.

“That is why I have decided to take the opt-out option.”

“If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”

He was on the frontlines

Before Duvernay-Tardif was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round, he studied medicine at McGill University in his hometown of Montreal.

When the pandemic hit, Duvernay-Tardif rushed home from a sailing trip in the Caribbean and volunteered to pitch in however he could. He was placed in a long-term care facility where he tended to patients who didn’t have coronavirus.

Since he hadn’t studied enough to be a full-on doctor, he did work that nurses do, like drawing blood, administering medications, and even feeding and bathing patients. He only worked a few days a week, but that’s all he could manage emotionally.

“I was working there two to three days a week, and I don’t see how I could have done more,” he told The Washington Post.

“Not necessarily from a scheduling standpoint but from an emotional standpoint. Those people that are there for the past 20 years, it’s crazy. I have so much respect for them. … The amount of sacrifice is unbelievable. I feel like I’m going to be a better physician down the road because of that experience. I understood what it was all about.”

Duvernay-Tardif recalled one young patient who had been in a terrible accident and due to COVID-19 protocols hadn’t been able to see family in months. Duvernay-Tardif noticed how not seeing his loved ones was hard on the patient, so he told him: “Come on, let’s find your wife’s number.”

He used his phone to call the man’s wife on FaceTime and when the couple saw each other’s faces for the first time in two months, they cried.

“You cry, too,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “What else is there to do?”

“The definition of what it means to be a hero changed because of those people.”

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

At peace with his decision

Despite the inherent risks of a football season — and the infections some teams, including his own, faced — Duvernay-Tardif always agreed that a season should take place, if only to simmer down the fierce political divisions in the United States. And it’s been hard to watch as his teammates reached the pinnacle of their sport yet again.

“It was never black or white,” he said of his decision to opt-out. “As the season progressed and the stakes are higher, I do miss football even more, especially now with the playoffs. There’s more than one way to look at it, and it’s not always simple.”

Duvernay-Tardif, who lost millions in contract money during the skipped season, wouldn’t say he has no regrets, but he is at peace with his decision.

“I felt it made sense to make that decision, in order to look back at 2020—five, 10 years from now—and be proud of myself,” he told TIME. “I’ve said no to money and the NFL season in order to care for patients.”

While Duvernay-Tardif is planning a long career in the medical field, he does hope to return to his team next season.

“I feel like something was taken a little bit away from me,” he said. “I still have some football left in me. I can be a doctor for the next 40 years. I still have the passion, and that’s why I’m working out on my patio at –15°[C].”

An honourable sacrifice

You can’t help but be in awe of Duvernay-Tardif, who is not only risking his career in the NFL, but also his own health being around a hospital taking in COVID-19 patients.

His sacrifice is yet another reminder to follow health guidelines and get vaccinated so we can bring an and to this pandemic and everybody can return to doing what they love.

It’s also a poignant testament to living with integrity, according to your own values and definition of success and excellence.

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Universal Life Lessons from the Best-Selling Books of All Time

By | books, Food for thought, friendship, Harry Potter, humility, J.K. Rowling, Life, Little Prince, love, Motivation, sacrifice, second chance, self-love


Throughout the ages, books have provided spiritual guidance, life lessons, entertainment, education, sparked social and political changes, allowed us to escape the drudgery of every day and quite literally changed the course of history.

Now we’re taking a look at some of the all-time best-selling books and the universal life lessons they have brought to millions of readers worldwide.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The 7-instalment series has sold more than 500 million copies worldwide since it first hit shelves back in 2007. In fact, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone alone sold 120 million copies worldwide. An entire generation has grown up reading the beloved books detailing the adventures of boy wizard Harry and his friends with million of adults regularly rereading them.

A tale of friendship, overcoming hardship, heartbreak, bravery and discovering who you truly are, especially in the face of adversity, J.K. Rowling‘s genius has helped countless children (and adults) deal with bullies, deep loss, the awkwardness and dangers of teenage years, while staying true to yourself and becoming the hero of your own story. Plus, let’s not forget that Rowling herself has donated so much to charity she lost her (well-earned) billionaire status.

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“If you want to know what a man is like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

First published in post-war Britain as a trilogy, the wildly popular series and now pop-culture fixture, has sold 150 million copies since. If we factor in prequel The Hobbit, that figure jumps to 250 million copies. Many of the themes explored in Harry Potter are also present in Lord of the Rings, but with a much more adult treatment. Among the masterpiece’s most important lessons are the power mercy and acceptance that we cannot control the universe.

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“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

140 million copies sold since its debut in the ’40s, this masterpiece is yet another evergreen book, beloved regardless of the age of the reader. “It is only with the heart one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye,” is one of those quotes we often come across, but it’s just one of countless life lessons dotting the pages of Le Petit Prince.

One of the greatest powers of de Saint-Exupery’s creation is to effortlessly teach children how to be good people. The other is to remind adults of those lessons. Whether it’s the importance of building healthy relationships, caring for the environment, caring for ourselves and our emotional well-being, not encroaching on our loved ones’ freedom, looking beyond the surface and the obvious, the danger of ignoring or numbing our pain, Le Petit Prince truly prepares everyone for adulthood — both young and old.

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“Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more.”

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Intended as a children’s book, this series has surpassed 120 million copies worldwide, enjoying a renaissance after receiving the movie treatment. While the adventures of children and talking animals may not seem all that to adults, the power of books is one that children should be introduced early on.

A man raised in a religious family who lost his faith and regained it later in life, Lewis’ most famous work explores many religious and spiritual themes, among them the power of faith and belief, responsibility and the consequences of our actions, and not least the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation and resilience.

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“But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.”

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

More than 50 million sold copies have cemented Charlotte’s Web as an all-time best-seller. The beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking books is yet another childhood favorite — a common theme, it seems, for global favorites with lessons for all. Similarly to the previous entries in our list, Charlotte’s Web teaches both young and old about the value of friendship, patience, of second chances, humility, gratitude and consistency.

It also warns of shallowness, of the consequences of prejudice and fear born from lack of understanding. It celebrates compassion, imagination, the company of friends and encourages us to look beyond the surface and to ask for help when we need it. Above all though, it celebrates life, diversity and resilience.

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“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing…after all, what’s a life anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die…By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”



Hero of the Week: World Pays Tribute to Diver Who Gave His Life to Rescue Kids Trapped in Cave

By | dedication, Food for thought, helping others, Hero of the week, Inspiring Stories, sacrifice, selflessness


As the world celebrates the successful rescue of the junior Thai soccer team trapped in a cave, people are also paying tribute to the heroic diver who lost his life during the rescue mission.

Photo Credit: Valeepoan Kunan/Instagram

Posting on Instagram, Samarn Kunan’s widow Valeepoan Kunan wrote “I miss you. I love you like you are my very heart… from now on when I wake up… who will I kiss?” Her post gathered comment after comment as people from all around the world payed their condolences and praised his selfless act.

Touching tributes and support from across the world

“My sincerest condolences on your loss. He died a hero in every language,” wrote one commenter. Another said: “No one can imagine your pain. I pray in time you will find peace. What an outstanding man he was, You guys will meet again. I hope God wraps his arms tightly around you and gives you comfort.”

While Valeepoan’s loss is unquestionably enormous, the widow of the former elite Navy Seal diver was quick to absolve the 12 boys and their coach of any blame or guilt.

Some have called their decision to enter the cave during monsoon season reckless, but Valeepoan sent a message to the boys through the media, saying: “Please don’t blame yourselves,” Reuters reported.

Petty officer Samarn Kunan would have probably agreed. After all, the 38-year-old had retired from the Thai Navy SEALs in 2006 and was working at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. But as it became increasingly obvious that rescuing the soccer team would prove a harrowing challenge, Saman joined rescue effort on site on July 1.

Giving his life for the cause

18 divers, Thai and international, worked tirelessly to figure out how to best help the trapped children. As the danger of further flooding increased, Saman worked day after day to do his part.

But the Tham Luang cave complex is a treacherous one, especially flooded, with minimal visibility, and certain sections so tight that going through with oxygen tanks was impossible. Rescuers did not speak of it publicly, but all knew that fatalities were almost unavoidable. And on July 6, Tham Luang claimed its first and thankfully only life.

On a mission to place oxygen tanks within the cave, Samarn lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen. His diving partner tried to wake him up. He tried to revive him. But in the end, it was impossible. He emerged with Samarn’s body just two days before the first children were brought out. His death was a heavy blow to the rescue team, bringing home the stakes of the mission.

“Samarn Kuran is the real hero,” head of the rescue mission Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters. “On the day he passed, the entire team was sad, but we used this sorrow. We saw that he gave his life for this cause.”

And indeed, all pushed on, working tirelessly. On the 17th day of the operation, the last of the boys and their coach were successfully brought out of the cave and are now recovering in hospital with minimal injuries.

Without Samarn’s enormous contribution, the rescue very well might have not happened. A Thai artist has already pledged to create a statue in of Samarn to be placed in the province where the cave is located, and King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand pledged a full royally-sponsored funeral for the fallen hero.


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Hero of the Week: World Pays Tribute to Diver Who Gave His Life to Rescue Kids Trapped in Cave