Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

National Football League player graduates medical school, becomes first active player with medical degree

National Football League player graduates medical school, becomes first active player with medical degree

An offensive lineman with the Kansas City Chiefs, the pro football player is also a qualified doctor after he graduated McGill University's medical school on Tuesday.

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.

The 6-foot-5 right guard shared a photo of himself in a white coat on Tuesday, which was emblazoned with a signature Chiefs red and gold 76 and "Dr. Duvernay-Tardif" across the top.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif appears to be a man of many talents both on and off the football field. For all of those who sometimes doubt that I really want to be here because I've got a medical degree, having a really strong Plan B and still playing football shows how much I really love the game. Duvernay-Tardif started in medical school in 2010, so this has been a long journey for him.

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"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". He signed a $41.25 million, five-year contract to remain with the Chiefs last offseason. "You never know what's going to come through the door and need to be able to make decisions in a rational and logical way without letting your stress level interfere with your decision-making process".

The Chiefs drafted Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round in 2014, and he became a starter the following year. "He always gave me the opportunity to come back a little later every spring training to finish my clinical rotation".

"And when I told him I passed the exam, he took a half hour to ask me about how it went and was seriously interested in what happened". "It's the first time that I'm like, 'I made it'".

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