KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is not your typical NFL athlete.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, he was drafted by the Chiefs in 2014.
Growing up, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s parents told him to touch everything in life. He didn’t play football until he was a teen - now he’s in the NFL.
When he’s not in his jersey, a white coat is his uniform. He’s a student in medical school in the off-season.
But now, he’s trying his hand at yet another profession: Talking in front of the camera.
“When you are in the locker room in Kansas City, you don’t realize the work the media puts in to get access to you. Now that I’m at the Olympics, I am struggling with PR people and all that stuff to get access to people and then trying to get them after they win their medal and I am like, 'Dang, that is hard,'” said Duvernay-Tardif.
He is currently working for CBC/Radio-Canada covering the Winter Olympics in South Korea for his home country.
“Honestly, it has been amazing. It's one thing seeing a gold medal being won on television, but seeing it in real time and then interviewing the athlete and doing the little pieces," he said. "It is an awesome feeling.”
And that awesome feeling has inspired him to learn even more about South Korea.
“I just enjoy the culture. I love food, and to go form a Korean BBQ place to sashimi places by the coast, just trying to learn the culture, the language barrier, I like the challenge,” said Duvernay-Tardif.
Duvernay-Tardif said when the Olympics are over he will go back to Canada to study for two months as he prepares to complete medical school. Then he will return to Kansas City to train for the start of the 2018 Chiefs season.
If you want to follow the rest of his journey in South Korea, visit his Facebook page.