- As the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers to become NFL Champions, lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif also became the first Quebec-born player to win a Super Bowl.
- He previously made history as the first active NFL player to become a medical doctor.
- See his reaction to the historic feat.
If you are a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, a McGill medical student, or just someone living in Quebec, today is a good day. Yes, most of Quebec, if not most of Canada, is celebrating the team's victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Miami on Sunday, when Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first Quebec-born Super Bowl Champion in history. Now, let's not go overlooking Paul Duhart, who was born in Montreal and played for the Green Bay Packers when they won the 1944 NFL Championship game against the New York Giants.
Duhart was certainly Quebec-born and, therefore, the first NFL champ in history from La Belle Province. But, the Super Bowl as we know it didn't start until 1967 — meaning that the title of first-ever Quebec-born Super Bowl champion goes to our very own Dr. Duvernay-Tardif.
Which is the other title Duvernay-Tardif gets to claim today. Upon winning yesterday, he became the first medical doctor to take home an NFL Championship ring.
This accomplishment follows Duvernay-Tardif becoming the first active NFL player to graduate medical school, a feat he managed in 2018 when he graduated from McGill med.
Spirits were high on Sunday following Kansas City's win, which the team claimed after it managed to come back and score three touchdowns after being down 10 points behind San Fransisco.
Duvernay-Tardif's parents, girlfriend, and friends were all in Miami to cheer him on during the game, and his parents managed to sneak down and get a celebratory shot right on the field following the win.
There's no question that people all over the province of Quebec were beyond excited and proud to hear Duvernay-Tardif express his joy and excitement, as well as is love and gratitude for the province's support, all in French no less.
The whole team can be proud that they were able to reach the pinnacle of football excellence... and that they've likely got a whole batch of new fans who will be cheering them and Duvernay-Tardif on for as long as he is playing in Kansas City.
We don't know if Duvernay-Tardif was aware that he was about to create a new record by becoming the first Quebec-born Super Bowl champion when he ran onto that field yesterday.
What we do know is that he gave it his all, as it seems he does with everything in his life, and that hard work and determination paid off, yet again.
If you know someone who is in need of a hero to look up to these days... consider telling them the story of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.