- The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Super Bowl LIV against the San Fransisco 49ers next month.
- Joining them is lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a McGill grad who is the first NFL player to become a doctor.
- Check him out below!
Thanks to their latest win against the Tennesee Titans on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Super Bowl LIV on and that means Dr Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be there, too. The McGill grad earned his diploma from the Faculty of Medicine in 2018, making him the first active NFL player to become a doctor. Yes, Laurent is a qualified physician on top of being an offensive lineman. Talk about well-rounded.
The 54th Super Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, where the Kansas City Chiefs will take on the San Francisco 49ers.
Demi Lovato will be singing the anthem and the halftime show will feature Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, for those of you who aren't into the sport of it all.
But even if football isn't your game, there is reason to watch this year aside from simple sportsmanship... Watching one of our very own go for such a huge accomplishment is exciting enough.
And it's clear that Duvernay-Tardif has every intention of taking it all the way alongside his team, saying, "We’re going to the Super Bowl and we’re going to win the title," after winning the last game against the Titans.
According to CTV News, the mother of Duvernay-Tardif's coach in Kansas City, Andy Reid, also graduated from McGill Medical School, and Reid was therefore extremely supportive of Duvernay-Tardif's goal to graduate from the Faculty of Medicine.
A flexible schedule and sincere encouragement allowed Duvernay-Tardif to continue his studies when the NFL was in off-season.
"My goal and my ambition was to be the first-ever football player in the NFL to graduate in medicine from a prestigious university like McGill," Duvernay-Tardif said in a recent NFL Media Original.
Duvernay-Tardif explained, "There's so many people that told me, in my life, 'you're going to have to choose, you cannot do both, you cannot do medicine and football at the same time.'"
"I was doing it for me, but also to prove to everybody that they were wrong."
It's clear that Duvernay-Tardif had that special something allowing him to balance the work of training, both on the field and in residency.
Now, less than two years after earning his doctorate in medicine, he gets to vie for another huge accomplishment: a Super Bowl championship ring.
According to CJAD News, Duvernay-Tardif grew up in Mont-St-Hilaire, just outside of Montreal. He started playing football in high school and continued to play through university at McGill.
In March of 2014, nine scouts came to Montreal to watch Duvernay-Tardif put everything out on the field, and in May, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.
We can't wait to watch and cheer him on next month... and we've also got our fingers crossed for the poutine-loving super fan above, too.