National Football League linesman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif gets medical degree from McGill

Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Earns Medical Doctorate from McGill University

Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Earns Medical Doctorate from McGill University

He said he will graduate from McGill University's medical school in Montreal on Tuesday.

"But right now, football is my main priority".

And today, after eight years, he graduated, becoming the first active National Football League player to hold a medical degree. After he was selected by the Chiefs, he still had a full year of medical school to complete. "By letting me be more flexible with my schedule, I think it just makes me want to be the best player I can be for him".

"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". I love being out there with the guys. "When he was with the McGill Redmen, he would finish his hospital rotations and then sleep in the locker room to be on time for the next morning's practice because he had finished so late". "Being out there is a privilege". Before that, the six-foot-five, 321-pound Duvernay-Tardif was essentially a student-athlete, first with the Redmen and then the Chiefs, who selected him in the sixth round of the '14 National Football League draft. He has been a football player during the season and a medical student for a few months afterward.

"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".

"I've been working for this for the past eight years and to finally graduate is huge".

He was scheduled to fly back to Kansas City on Tuesday night and resume organized team activities with the Chiefs on Wednesday.

"And when I told him I passed the exam, he took a half hour to ask me about how it went and was seriously interested in what happened".

For the time being, the newly minted doctor said he plans to focus more on football as he tries to figure out how he'll balance a medical residency and the NFL. I had to study full-time otherwise I wouldn't have made it.

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