KANSAS CITY, Mo. – He truly could be the most interesting man in the NFL. Now the Kansas City Chiefs officially have a doctor in the house.
For offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif the struggle has been real and the journey has been long but to now finally walk across the stage and be a medical doctor he said he's fulfilled two of his lifelong dreams.
"When I got drafted in 2014 it was a promise that I made to myself I was going to keep grinding and pushing to combine my two passions to the highest level and to show people it was possible," said Duvernay-Tardif
"Combining both leaving for the season going straight back to Montreal and medicine and doing clinical rounds, seeing patients and coming back for OTA's, it's been a great journey for the past four years and I'm glad it's over."
He says it would have been impossible had he not been able to play for the Chiefs.
"For a lot of coaches, medicine was kind of like a question mark. How do we know you really want to play football if you have medicine? I think for coach Reid, it was the total opposite. He was like you know what, if you are here and you still have medicine as a plan 'B' it's because you really love to play football. I'm going to help you to the best of my ability and that's what he's been doing for the past four years." said Duvernay-Tardif.
Another interesting note, Duvernay-Tardif says he's reached out to the NFL to have "MD". placed on the back of his jersey. Not only would it be interesting to see, but it would be inspirational to others as well.