"My English was really awful and I applied to all the French schools, but I missed the interviews because I put the wrong date in my agenda", Duvernay-Tardif said after he picked up his medical degree at the school's spring convocation.
Whoever came up with the phrase "dumb jock" clearly has never met Kansas City Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
Duvernay-Tardif also credited Chiefs coach Andy Reid. He plans to pursue medicine once his playing days are over.
"I think it's the first time I've actually been really, really proud of myself", he said. "Training camp is starting again tomorrow morning and then the season is right around the corner", Dr. Duvernay-Tardif told NFL Canada.
He walked in his ceremony Tuesday wearing a white lab coat bearing the block letters: DR. DUVERNAY-TARDIF and his number, 76, in the Chiefs' trademark red and yellow. 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.
"He's trying to make me the best player on the field", he said.
The Chiefs selected the 27-year-old from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, out of McGill in the sixth round of the 2014 National Football League draft. Last year, he signed a five-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs worth more than US$40 million.More news: Study Estimates 4600 Dead From Hurricane Maria
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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif doesn't have to worry about what he's going to do when his National Football League career is over.
Playing professional football is hard enough as is.
"He wants to do everything, so we said 'Go Laurent, and we will help you if you need some help to do things, '" said father Francois Tardif. I love being out there with the guys. You don't know which team you're going to, so it's really intense and really emotional at that specific moment.
He made the quick trip to graduation in Canada but will turn around nearly immediately and head back to Kansas City to rejoin his team-mates for voluntary organised team activities, ESPN reported.
Earlier this offseason, he made waves when he said he wanted his status to be reflected on his jersey. It's an honour to be a member of that community and I take the responsibility seriously.
For now, his goals are the same as any other football player - he wants to win the Super Bowl. Duvernay-Tardif said he hopes that he will be able to work out a program at McGill, but he's not sure when or how it's going to happen. "The past few months have been hard for me".