Chiefs lineman becomes first active NFL player to hold medical degree

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An offensive lineman with the Kansas City Chiefs, the pro football player is also a qualified doctor after he graduated McGill University's medical school on Tuesday. He has said repeatedly during the past few years that the Chiefs and particularly coach Andy Reid have been great about allowing him to pursue his medical degree.

"This is it! Today I become a doctor!" he wrote in a tweet with a picture of his new white medical coat painted with "Dr. Duvernay-Tarif" and his football jersey number 76.

Duvernay-Tardif announced on his Twitter feed that he's going to graduate this week, and that's worth telling the world about.

Duvernay-Tardif's dominance in Canada caught the eye of many National Football League scouts, though his sudden emergence as an National Football League prospect put a kink in his academic plans. "Football is an awesome opportunity in the sense that not everyone can play football and live off it".

"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.

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Earlier this offseason Duvernay-Tardif said he wanted the National Football League to allow him to add "M.D." to the end of his name on his Chiefs jersey - which the National Football League should allow without a second thought. You get to change things, you get to treat people. Nobody can take that from me. "But really, I think I want to also enjoy the moment right now and really focus 100 percent on football right now because we know the Chiefs 2018 season is gonna be big".

"He's trying to make me the best player on the field", he said.

He was scheduled to fly back to Kansas City on Tuesday night and resume organized team activities with the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Duvernay-Tardif said one of his goals is to be a role model.

The next step in Duvernay-Tardif's budding medical career is completing a residency program at a hospital, where he'd get the chance to work directly with patients in a specialty area of medicine.