Kansas City Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first active NFL player to hold a medical degree when he graduated from McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal on Tuesday.
The Canadian native’s journey started eight years ago when he began medical school. After a football collegiate career which earned him the distinction of the being the best college football player in Canada, the Chiefs drafted him in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The next season, Laurent had earned a spot as starting right guard and his been a key contributor to the team’s success since then.
Fortunately for Laurent, his advisers at McGill were able to create a plan for him to remain in school and help him to earn his degree while still competing in Kansas City. During the season, Laurent focused solely on football, however, he would switch gears during the off-season by focusing on his studies. Laurent said that he made a deal with himself that he could pursue his professional football dreams if he remained in school and earned his medical degree.
That dream came to fruition on Tuesday, as Laurent donned a white medical jacket decked out with his football number “76” and “Dr. Duvernay-Tarif” emblazoned on the top all in Chiefs red and gold colors. Earlier this year, Laurent told reporters that he wanted to add M.D. to the end of his last name on his official jersey. Laurent said the plans to focus on football going forward and he then will pursue his career in medicine when his football days are over.
The Kansas City Chiefs front office tweeted its support of Laurent, congratulating him on his latest accomplishment.
The Kansas City Chiefs have already made news this off season. The team make headlines throughout the NFL when Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins. Alex Smith was coming off of an outstanding season that saw him going to the Pro Bowl. The Chiefs decided it was time to look to their quarterback of the future, and Smith became expendable.
Now, the Chiefs are making more news on the trading front. The Chiefs’ star cornerback Marcus Peters is going to be traded to the Los Angeles Rams. The complete details of the trade have not yet been finalized. NFL teams are not allowed to officially finalize trades until the official trading season begins on March 14.
Marcus Peters had several great seasons during his time with Kansas City. Over the last three seasons, Peters had 19 interceptions. This total led the entire NFL during that three year period. So far in his career, Peters has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice.
One of the reasons mentioned for the trade of Marcus Peters was Peters’ relationship with Andy Reid who is the Chiefs’ head coach. Last season, Marcus Peters picked up a penalty flag that was thrown against him, and he threw it up into the crowd. Coach Reid decided to suspend Peters for one game due to Peters’ unsportsmanlike conduct on the field. This didn’t go down well with Peters, and the Chiefs ended up losing the game in which Peters was suspended.
The Los Angeles Rams were looking for top players for the team’s secondary. Trumaine Johnson is expected to leave the Rams, so the team needed a player to fill Jackson’s shoes and provide the pass coverage needed to keep the Rams’ highly-ranked defense running on all cylinders.