Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif earns his M.D

Virginia Santiago
June 2, 2018

Laurent planned to have a medical career when he first enrolled at McGill, but he was drafted to the National Football League as the Chiefs' starting right guard in 2014.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif officially becomes Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif today, earning his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. He has said repeatedly during the past few years that the Chiefs and particularly coach Andy Reid have been great about allowing him to pursue his medical degree.

Though some NFL players have gone on to become doctors after their playing careers were over, Duvernay-Tardif is the first to achieve this status while still an active player in the league.

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"I think it's important to build a career that you're going to be able to do a long time", Duvernay-Tardif told reporters after his graduation ceremony. "I just feel like it (medical school) keeps me grounded, it gives you perspective and an opportunity to really help people and make a difference in their lives". "When you get drafted, it nearly feels like a surprise".

"My English was really awful and I applied to all the French schools, but I missed the interviews because I put the wrong date in my agenda", Duvernay-Tardif said after he picked up his medical degree at the school's spring convocation. It's an honour to be a member of that community and I take the responsibility seriously. "But really, I think I want to also enjoy the moment right now and really focus 100 percent on football right now because we know the Chiefs 2018 season is gonna be big".

"I need to make sure I pass it because it's the previous year I'm allowed to pass that exam", he said.

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Duvernay-Tardif said he was also fortunate that McGill and the Chiefs were flexible in arranging his schedule.

The Kansas City Chiefs tweeted his graduation photo to show their support for the athlete.

As he told ESPN, Duvernay-Tardif plans to do his residency in emergency medicine.

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