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.