Chiefs’ Laurent Duvernay-Tardif receives medical degree from McGill

Laurent Duvernay Tardif spent eight years getting his medical degree

Laurent Duvernay Tardif spent eight years getting his medical degree

Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will graduate from medical school on Tuesday.

However, he never stopped pursuing his doctorate, which he began working towards eight years ago, and he's now the first active player in National Football League history to have earned a medical degree. He became a doctor Tuesday when he graduated from McGill's medical school. Duvernay-Tardif wrote on Twitter.

"It's the combination of National Football League careers sometimes being short and loving medicine", Duvernay-Tardif said.

"When everybody was telling me you're going to have to make a choice between football and medicine, they told me you should go pursue your two passions at the same time and be the first to do it", Duvernay-Tardif said.

"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".

Playing professional football is hard enough as is.

"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".

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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.

The Chiefs drafted Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft out of McGill University, becoming just the second player ever to be drafted from the school. It's an honour to be a member of that community and I take the responsibility seriously. I want to focus and see how good I can be.

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.

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

"So tonight right after graduation, I'm going back to Kansas City".

"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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