Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif graduates from med school


Duvernay-Tardif graduated from McGill University's medical school on Tuesday.

Duvernay-Tardif is returning to Kansas City tomorrow morning to join his team for a training session.

"Since the day I got drafted, I promised myself I was going to finish my studies and get that MD while I was still playing", Duvernay-Tardif said recently. "This is, for sure, something that's quite special". I've been doing it for the past eight years, and it was always that vision.

"Right now, football is my main priority", Duvernay-Tardif told ESPN.

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. It also means that the Canadian is the first player in league history qualified to request "M.D." be added to the back of his jersey.

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The 27-year-old studied in the off-season for the past four years, since being drafted to the Chiefs in 2014. When he starts his full-time career in medicine he'll already have all those student loans paid off; Duvernay-Tardif signed a five-year deal worth more than $43 million in February of 2017.

For the time being, the newly minted doctor said he plans to focus more on football as he tries to figure out how he'll balance a medical residency and the NFL. I love playing football. "I want to try and inspire as many kids as I can and show them it's possible to combine a passion for sport and high education at the same time". Duvernay-Tardif started in medical school in 2010, so this has been a long journey for him. You don't know which team you're going to, so it's really intense and really emotional at that specific moment.

"I think there's a lot of similarities with football because when you're on the field and it's third and 20 and you must convert otherwise the game is over and fans are yelling as hard as they can, you must be able to analyse the field and can't let your stress level get the best of you".

He credits his parents for pushing him to pursue both dreams.

Earlier this offseason, he made waves when he said he wanted his status to be reflected on his jersey. Nobody can take that from me. "The past few months have been hard for me".