The Doctor Can Block

Duvernay-Tardif is now the first active NFL player to also hold a medical degree

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

For four years, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has juggled dual responsibilities as a guard for the Kansas City Chiefs and as a medical student at Montreal's McGill University. 'Today I become a doctor!'

Duvernay-Tardif signed a 5-year, $41 million deal with the Chiefs in 2017.

"I think this is the first time I'm really proud of myself, I've made it", said the 27-year-old. But being a doctor is more than that.

"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". Nobody can take that from me.

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This is perhaps one of the most impressive feats that I have ever seen from any football player. He has a foundation that promotes physical fitness for youngsters and he has asked the Chiefs if he can put front of his name on his uniform nameplate. Some people will never even manage to do one thing or the other, but to do both at the same time is nothing short of incredible. All the while, he has gone back and forth between football and his medical studies. "Being balanced is the key to success". After he was selected by the Chiefs, he still had a full year of medical school to complete.

According to Sports Illustrated, Duvernay-Tardif is the first active National Football League player to hold a medical degree. "It kind of gives you perspective".

For now, the National Football League remains the frontburner career for Dr. Duvernay-Tardif.

"He's trying to make me the best player on the field", he said. 'I'm not sure it's easy to do part-time residency.

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"I didn't grow up as a normal kid", explained Duvernay-Tardif. I've been doing it for the past eight years, and it was always that vision. Exploring the world and embracing different cultures helped me be more open and to follow my dream.

Duvernay-Tardif spoke to ESPN's Adam Teicher about his achievement.

"It's official now", Duvernay-Tardif tweeted upon graduating. "He was trusting me that I was going to be accountable and I was training here (in Montreal)". Coincidentally, Reid's mother is also a graduate of McGill Medical School.

Duvernay-Tardif said he wouldn't have time to celebrate his graduation.

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