Hi friends –
My husband watches a lot of sports. He’s not particularly choosey about what kind of sport – he likes it all – football, basketball, baseball, even golf (weirdo).
When the game is over, Warren reaches for the remote to find something else – unless I’m in the room.
If I’m in the room, Warren keeps it on for a few more minutes. He knows that, while I could care less about the game, I enjoy watching the part that comes immediately after the game.
I love watching the players and coaches interact with each other after the game. I love it when the player’s kids come down on the field or when the winning coach consoles a player on the other team who played a particularly great game.
It’s my favorite part. It’s the human part.
Warren always makes a point to tell me the little anecdotes that he knows I’d be interested in. Things like, these two twin brothers who got drafted to the same NFL team. Or, the mental health advocacy work of NBA players, Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan.
Gah, I love stuff like that.
The game? Not that interesting. The stories behind the players? I love it.
Yesterday, when he was watching the Super Bowl and I was heads down in the guacamole, Warren told me about Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Did you catch this story? Last year, Duvernay-Tardif won the Super Bowl alongside his team but, this year, he wasn’t on the field. Why?
Duvernay-Tardif is the first active NFL player to earn a doctorate in medicine. When the pandemic hit early last year, he decided to sit this season out and spend time caring for long-term-care patients in his hometown of Montreal, Canada.
When asked about his decision, Duvernay-Tardif said,
“At some point, you realize ‘I’m privileged.’ You know? I still have a job, I’m well, my family is safe. So then you start thinking, all right, how can I contribute? How can I help?”
There was a cost to his decision. Duvernay-Tardif was set to make $2.75 million from this season, but instead received the $150,000 NFL offered to players who opted out of the season.
I am so inspired by his willingness to utilize his skills and experience where he could have the biggest impact.
Super Bowl commercials and inspiring stories – that’s what I’m here for on Super Bowl Sunday. And the guac, of course.
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