Who could blame Chiefs players if they felt a need to lay low after last season’s disappointing home playoff loss to the Steelers?
Offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif didn’t have time for that.
He returned to his native Montreal to medical school a week after the AFC divisional round playoff loss.
Two months of emergency medicine and one month of geriatric medicine filled Duvernay-Tardif’s days and by this time next year, he expects to be a medical school graduate.
“I’m pretty much done with the clinical part of medical school,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “Now I just have to study for the big exam, which is next May for me. I’ve got eight months to study for it. Of course, I won’t be studying for it during the season, but as soon as the season is over, I’ll have a good three months to study for that and I’ll be done with it.”
Duvernay-Tardif, 26, is poised to begin his third season with the Chiefs, entrenched at right guard. In February the team announced a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension with $20 million guaranteed.
He’s balanced and NFL career with studying medicine at McGill University and continued the balancing challenge.
“I think the hardest transition is going from the finishing of a football season and getting back to the emergency department,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “In the ER, you’re at the bottom of the hierarchy as far as roles in the hospital go as a medical student.
“That transition is hard with having the spotlight and all the focus on us within a football stadium, even with it being a lesser extent for us offensive linemen, and then transitioning to the hospital where all the attention is on the patient.”