|Intro||Canadian football player|
|Is||Football player Athlete Gridiron football player Canadian football player American football player|
|Birth||11 February 1991, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, La Vallée-du-Richelieu Regional County Municipality, Montérégie, Canada|
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif [lɔʁɑ̃ dyvɛʁne taʁdif]; born February 11, 1991) is a Canadian gridiron football guard for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the first medical school graduate to play in the NFL and the first to win a Super Bowl.(
Duvernay-Tardif was born in Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Quebec and grew up in Montreal. He started playing football at age 14, but then his family went on a year long sailing trip to the Bahamas. At age 16, after he returned, he resumed playing football for his high school. His native language is French.
Duvernay-Tardif attended McGill University, where he was member of the McGill Redmen football team from 2010 to 2013. As a senior, he won the J. P. Metras Trophy, recognizing the Most Outstanding Lineman in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (now U Sports) system, and was named an All-Canadian for the second consecutive season.
He balanced college football with his studies in medicine, prolonging his studies over eight years. In a 2014 article in Sports Illustrated, Joan Niesen said that he "was practicing just once a week—and he was still the best college player in Canada."
On December 12, 2013, it was announced that Duvernay-Tardif had accepted his invitation to play in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game. On January 18, 2014, Duvernay-Tardif played in the 2014 East-West Shrine Game and was part of Jerry Glanville's East team that defeated the West 23-13. His performance at the East-West Shrine Game helped improve his draft stock. Duvernay-Tardif did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. On March 27, 2014, Duvernay-Tardif held a personal pro day in Montreal that was attended by nine NFL teams and four Canadian Football League (CFL) teams. He attended pre-draft visits with multiple teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Green Bay Packers. He also participated at a private workout for the Philadelphia Eagles. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Duvernay-Tardif was projected to be drafted anywhere from the third to fifth round by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the 12th best offensive tackle prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 5 in
|5.08 s||4.59 s||7.30 s||32 in
|9 ft 6 in
|All values from Personal Pro Day|
In the CFL's Amateur Scouting Bureau final rankings, Duvernay-Tardif was ranked as the best eligible player for the 2014 CFL Draft, a position he held throughout the entirety of the season. However, due to the uncertainty as to his availability as a result of his selection in the NFL Draft, he fell in the draft. He was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in the third round (19th overall).
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round (200th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Duvernay-Tardif was the 15th offensive tackle drafted in 2014. Since the inception of the NFL Draft, Duvernay-Tardif is the tenth player to be chosen from a Canadian university.
On May 14, 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Duvernay-Tardif to a four-year, $2.34 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $100,300.
Throughout training camp, Duvernay-Tardif competed to be a starting guard against Zach Fulton, Jeffrey Linkenbach, Rishaw Johnson, Mike McGlynn, and Rokevious Watkins. Head coach Andy Reid named Duvernay-Tardif the fifth offensive guard on the depth chart to start the regular season, behind Jeff Allen, Zach Fulton, Jeff Linkenbach, and Mike McGlynn.
On September 13, 2015, Duvernay-Tardif made his first career start for the Chiefs in the season opener against the Houston Texans. He went on to play all 16 games with 13 starts for the Chiefs in 2015.
In the 2016 season, Duvernay-Tardif started all 14 games he played in at right guard for the Chiefs.
On February 28, 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Duvernay-Tardif to a five-year, $42.36 million contract that includes $20.20 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $10 million.
Duvernay-Tardif started the first five games of the 2018 season at right guard before suffering a fractured fibula in Week 5. He was placed on injured reserve on October 9. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he will not be out for the season and will be reactivated at some point later in the season. However, his injury was worse than originally thought, and he didn't start practicing again until the last week of the schedule. He was activated off injured reserve on January 15, 2019, prior to the Chiefs AFC Championship matchup against the New England Patriots.
In 2019, Duvernay-Tardif played 14 games. On February 2, 2020, the Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl LIV, their first championship in 50 years.
On April 22, 2020, the Chiefs restructured Duvernay-Tardiff’s contract to free up cap space.
Duvernay-Tardif is the fourth NFL player to have become a medical graduate, and as of the 2018 season, the only active player. He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in May 2018 with a Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery (M.D., C.M.). He primarily studied during the off-season prior to mandatory off-season workouts. He had the support of the Chiefs coaching staff, especially head coach Andy Reid, whose mother also graduated from McGill's medical school. Following his graduation, he submitted a formal request to the NFL to add the title "M.D." on the back of his jersey. The league denied his request, prompting fans and writers to criticize the league's decision. He has not completed any postgraduate medical training.
During the 2018 offseason, Duvernay-Tardif worked as a feature reporter for the CBC during its coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Duvernay-Tardif has been working with the developers of Shockbox, a device that is placed inside of football helmets to measure the impacts received on the field. He says that he hopes that his work will help to prevent concussions in football.
In 2019, Duvernay-Tardif was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
Duvernay-Tardif is the grandson of former Quebec cabinet minister Guy Tardif.