The Kansas City Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay-Tardif celebrates after a field goal during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Kansas City on November 6, 2016.
Even with three months until the 2018 NFL season begins, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif still managed to secure his place in league history on Tuesday: He graduated from medical school.
For four years, the 27-year-old from Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., has balanced dual duties as one of the highest-paid guards for the Chiefs and as a medical student at McGill University, where he studies during the offseason.
Though some NFL players have gone on to become doctors after their playing careers were over, Duvernay-Tardif is the first to achieve this status while still an active player in the league.
"Right now, football is my main priority", Duvernay-Tardif told ESPN.
"It's been eight years that I've been working for that moment", Duvernay-Tardif said.
It's hard to decide what's more awesome: That Duvernay-Tardif was able to become a doctor while playing professional football, or that he was able to become one of the NFL's best guards while studying medicine.
But he says that his graduation from medical school supplants those accomplishments.
"Medicine is an opportunity to do something you really love and you're passionate about for up to 40 years", he said.
"I also took it upon myself to show people it (getting medical degree while playing pro football) was possible".
"You get to treat people, you get to change them and you get to have an opinion that people respect, and it's an honour to be a part of that community".
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif appears to be a man of many talents both on and off the football field.
"I need to make sure I pass it because it's the a year ago I'm allowed to pass that exam", he said. While many of his peers were out on the streets of Montreal toasting their hard-earned degrees, he was boarding a flight back to Kansas City.
This is perhaps one of the most impressive feats that I have ever seen from any football player. Whether it's medical school at the residency level or another school project like an MBA, I'm going to stay in school throughout the course of my football career.