National Football League linesman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif gets medical degree from McGill

Jun 02, 2018, 02:02
National Football League linesman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif gets medical degree from McGill

The Kansas City Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay-Tardif celebrates after a field goal during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Kansas City on November 6, 2016.

While some kids dream of making it to the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif actually dreamt of becoming a doctor. Over the course of the last four years he has split his attention between playing for the Chiefs and studying for his 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. "Training camp is starting again tomorrow morning and then the season is right around the corner", Dr. Duvernay-Tardif told NFL Canada.

'I want to put Duvernay-Tardif M.D. on my jersey, ' he said. He plans to pursue medicine once his playing days are over. He quickly returned to medical school after the team's final losses.

"Medicine is an opportunity to do something you really love and you're passionate about for up to 40 years", he said.

The 6-foot-5, 321-lb. Canadian tweeted a photo of his white lab coat emblazoned with "Dr Duvernay-Tardif" and his number 76 on the back. "When you get drafted, it nearly feels like a surprise".

For now, his goals are the same as any other football player - he wants to win the Super Bowl. It's an honour to be a member of that community and I take the responsibility seriously.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a lot of exciting things going for them on the field.

Next up for Duvernay-Tardif, besides the Chiefs' upcoming 2018 campaign, will be his residency, although it's anyone's guess when he'll have time for that.

It's a great accomplishment for anyone to graduate medical school, but most med students don't juggle an National Football League career. Duvernay-Tardif said he hopes that he will be able to work out a program at McGill, but he's not sure when or how it's going to happen.

"I can start looking at my different options now that this is done".