Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Chiefs' lineman Duvernay-Tardif graduates to OG M.D

Chiefs' lineman Duvernay-Tardif graduates to OG M.D

Kansas City Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif completed an eight-year process to become a doctor on Tuesday.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif officially becomes Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif today, earning his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal.

To the entire @Chiefs team: your support over the last few years as I've balanced my commitments on the field and in the classroom have been priceless.

"During the pre-draft interviews, Coach Reid was like, 'This is awesome what you're trying to do, and I'm going to help you to the best of my ability, ' " Duvernay-Tardif said. He plans to pursue medicine once his playing days are over.

"I love both (football and medicine) but I also think it's important to build a career that you can do for a long time and medicine is that".

"You get to treat people, you get to change them and you get to have an opinion that people respect, and it's an honour to be a part of that community".

Duvernay-Tardif is now free to concentrate exclusively on football.

A sixth-round pick in 2014, Duvernay-Tardif pulled double duty the past four years, attending McGill Medical School while also playing in the NFL. "By letting me be more flexible with my schedule, I think it just makes me want to be the best player I can be for him". It's an honour to be a member of that community and I take the responsibility seriously.

"With the NFL's rules regarding dress code being so strict I'm not sure how well it's going to go", he said.

He was scheduled to fly back to Kansas City on Tuesday night and resume organized team activities with the Chiefs on Wednesday.

He hopes the National Football League will let him put "Duvernay-Tardif MD" on the nameplate on the back of his jersey. I'm proud to be in the National Football League, and it's been an incredible journey to get here, but being able to combine medical school at the same time, this is the accomplishment I'm proudest about, to be able to combine both.

"For me, one of the cool things about combining both at the highest level was to show people that it's possible to do it", he said.

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