From Hightower to Warford, 16 Notable NFL players that opted out

New York Jets setup at MetLife Stadium. [image source: cosieja-Pixabay]
New York Jets setup at MetLife Stadium. [image source: cosieja-Pixabay]

These players decided that their safety isn't worth risking to play football

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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Duvernay-Tardif, who has a doctorate in medicine, determined that it's more important to be defending people from the Coronavirus pandemic than it is to defend a championship. During his off time, he will be studying at Harvard University. He appeared in 14 games last season where he started all of them.

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2 weeks ago and still feels like yesterday

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D'onta Hightower

Hightower just recently had a child and wants to be there for his family. In his 2019 Pro Bowl season, he recorded 5.5 sacks with 71 tackles (47 solo), four pass deflections, 13 quarterback hits and a touchdown.


Patrick Chung

Last season, Chung recorded 51 tackles with 38 of those being solo.

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