The whole of Quebec, and Canada at large, celebrated earlier this month when the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tennesee Titans and it became clear that hometown hero Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was headed to Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers. Not only does Duvernay-Tardif run the Fondation LDT, which helps kids develop a balance between sports, arts, and studies before they head into middle and high school, he also became the first active NFL player to become a doctor after his graduation in 2018, when he earned his M.D. from McGill medical school.
Duvernay-Tardif grew up in Saint-Hyacinthe and started playing football in high school before joining the team at McGill and becoming the third McGill player to make an NFL roster.
He was also the sole participant in the first-ever Pro Day held in Quebec, which inevitably resulted in his being drafted to play for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The head coach of McGill football when Duvernay-Tardif was a student is no longer a part of the faculty, but we reached out to the current head coach to find out more about how he feels knowing a McGill football alumnus is headed to the Super Bowl.
McGill head football coach Ronald Hilaire told MTL Blog he "couldn’t be more proud to see how much LDT has accomplished in such a short period of time."
Chevrier was first drafted into the NFL to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2001. Darche played for the Seattle Seahawks between 2000 and 2007 before being signed to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007 where he played until 2009, just a few short years before LDT would join the team.
Head Coach Hilaire spoke highly of all three of these graduates saying, "all three have been tremendous role models to society. They have proved that if you are skilled and work hard, you can combine academics with playing football a high level of football."
"To have LDT join Darche by playing in the Super Bowl is the cherry on top. It is a huge boost to our school, our football program, and our alumni," Hilaire continued.