Toronto – Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tordiff and Bayern Munich left-back Alfonso Davis are co-winners of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete.
This is the third tie in the 82-year history of the award that the Toronto Star presents each year.
Media members across the country voted Tuesday on the award. Duvernay-Tordiff and Davis each received 18 votes, one vote to one of the other finalists – soccer players Kristin Sinclair and Kadisha Buchanan and Denver Nuggets basketball star Jamal Murray.
The tie was made in 1983 with wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen and hockey star Wayne Gretzky.
“This year has been a rollercoaster and I’m so excited to be able to share Lou Marsh with another deserving winner – Laurent de Tordiff,” Davis said in a tweet. “This has not been an easy year for many Canadians and we hope we can bring you some joy with our successes this year.”
Duvernay-Tordiff, a McGill University medical school graduate, won the Super Bowl with the Chiefs before becoming the first NFL player to retire from the 2020 season due to the Kovid-19 pandemic.
Duvernay-Tordiff, a resident of Mont-Saint-Hilare in Que, chose to volunteer at a long-term care center in his home province.
Duvernay-Tordiff, 29, was one of five athletes to be named Sports Illustrated Sunday “Sports Person of the Year: The Activist Athlete”.
“Canada is humbled to win the Lou Marsh Award with Alfonso Davis, one of the greatest athletes ever made,” Duvernay-Tordiff posted on Twitter.
The 20-year-old Davis became the first Canadian to win the Champions League men’s title.
In June, Davis was voted Rookie of the Bundesliga by fans, clubs and the media. The German sports magazine Kicker Magazine, which focuses mainly on football, named him to the Bundesliga this season.
Last week, ESPN named Davis the second best left fullback in the world, behind Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.
Davis was named Canadian top male soccer player in 2020 last week.