On Tuesday, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif added a new line to a resume that already includes his occupation as a player for the Kansas City Chiefs - his graduation from McGill Medical School makes him a physician.
Duvernay-Tardif has engaged in a balancing act during the past four years, moving back and forth between Kansas City and his studies in Montreal.
Duvernay-Tardif had planned to become a doctor long before he planned to be professional football player. Now, that can all stop, as Duvernay-Tardif told ESPN recently.
"It's the combination of National Football League careers sometimes being short and loving medicine", Duvernay-Tardif said.More news: Holtby, Capitals deliver resilient Game 2 performance
"Since the day I got drafted, I promised myself I was going to finish my studies and get that MD while I was still playing", Duvernay-Tardif said recently.
Reid might have been more understanding than some coaches because his mother, Elizabeth, also graduated from McGill's medical school.
'This is it!' Duvernay-Tardif tweeted Tuesday.
"Football is an awesome opportunity in the sense that not everyone can play football and live off of that, but being a doctor is more than that". You get to change things, you get to treat people.More news: Afghan forces end ISIL attack on ministry in Kabul
But even though he has a list of accomplishments that includes being one of just a dozen N.F.L. players ever selected from Canada's university football ranks and signing a $41.25 million contract in 2017, it's clear that graduating medical school is much more meaningful for Duvernay-Tardif than anything that happens on the field.
It's been a meteoric rise for Duvernay-Tardif, a converted defensive lineman who cracked the Chiefs' 53-man roster as a rookie before becoming a starter in 2015.
"With the NFL's rules regarding dress code being so strict I'm not sure how well it's going to go", he said. It's an honour to be a member of that community and I take the responsibility seriously.
The next step in Duvernay-Tardif's budding medical career is completing a residency program at a hospital, where he'd get the chance to work directly with patients in a specialty area of medicine.More news: Indian-origin teen wins Scripps National Spelling Bee
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