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19. Opt-Out

Of course, not every player has returned for the new NFL season. Several made the decision to sit out because of the condition of the world today. They cited social issues and health concerns as more important than playing sports for the purpose of entertainment. Many like Christian Miller and Maurice Canady say that family comes before money.

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One of the most notable cases is that of Laurent Duverney-Tardif. The Canadian is one of the few players who was a regular starter last season. After winning the Super Bowl with the Chiefs, Duverney-Tardif decided to return to healthcare for the year. With a Ph.D. in medicine, he is working in Montreal at a long-term care facility. You have to respect that.