Montreal-born athlete Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been putting his McGill medical degree to use and helping in the fight against the novel coronavirus in Quebec, and his efforts were just recognized by Sports Illustrated magazine.\nDuvernay-Tardif, an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, was nominated as one of the magazine's five "Sportsperson of the Year."\nIn 2020, the five winners were chosen for being "activist athletes."\nIn the magazine's article about this year's award, Duvernay-Tardif is highlighted.\n"He was the starting right guard for the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. But he's also a doctor, and when the pandemic came, Duvernay-Tardif traded in his uniform and cleats for medical scrubs," the article says.\nEditor's Choice: Trudeau Shared A Powerful Message Honouring 14 Women Who Were Murdered On This Day In 1989\n View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sports Illustrated (@sportsillustrated)\n\nThe other four athletes who won "Sportsperson of the Year" awards in 2020 are LeBron James, Breanna Stewart, Naomi Osaka, and Patrick Mahomes.\nSports Illustrated defines these five humans as being "champions in every sense of the word: champions on the field [and] champions for others off it."\nIn his Instagram post about the award, Duvernay-Tardif wrote, "As athletes, we have the power to make a positive impact in our society. To be recognized for my involvement off the field by one of the biggest sport awards means everything to me.""I dedicate this award to all the healthcare workers who have been making huge sacrifices in order to protect and care for others."\nHe ended his message to his followers by reminding everyone that "the work isn't over."