Canadian-born Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is mainly known for being a staple in the Chiefs offense. However, whilst protecting Alex Smith for the past four seasons, Duvernay-Tardif has also been studying for his degree from the McGill University medical school in the off season.
Well all that hard work finally paid off for the right guard who graduated on Tuesday; making him the first active player in the NFL to have a medical degree.
Duvernay-Tardif was drafted by the Chiefs in 2014 and only started playing American football from 2010-2013 when he joined McGill University; quickly becoming very talented at the offensive line position.
After drafting him in the sixth round, Andy Reid, in fact, heavily encouraged him to pursue his degree alongside the NFL as ‘Big Red’s’ mother was the first ever woman to graduate from that same school.
His fellow teammates also noticed Duvernay-Tardif’s dedication to the field of medical studies as Mitch Morse tweeted this earlier today about their trip to England back in 2015:
I will never forget @LaurentDTardif studying the whole 11 hour plane ride back from London in 2015 after we had just played a game. It was just one example of the kind of work ethic and determination that Larry brings to everything he does. Congrats buddy, extremely proud of you https://t.co/yB7kZ3kTLg
– Mitch Morse (@MMorse61) 31 May 2018
With the ambition of pursuing a career in Emergency Medicine later on down the line, for now he’s keen to continue his excellent performance as a right guard for the Chiefs. Protecting Patrick Mahomes next season, instead of his usual quarterback Alex Smith.