The NFL has decided that Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif may not put “Dr. Duvernay-Tardif” on the back of his jersey, but that doesn’t mean the NFL’s only active player/physician isn’t getting some attention after getting his medical degree from McGill University during this past offseason.
He will be the subject of a segment on the newest episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, premiering tonight (Tuesday, July 24) at 9:00 p.m. Arrowhead Time, with replays throughout the week.
During the segment, LDT tells Real Sports reporter Andrea Kremer that the challenges of simultaneously being in medical school, playing football (first for McGill, and now for the Chiefs) and learning English were difficult:
I was doing both, full-time, learning English at the same time. So I had to, like, work at the hospital, do my clinical rotations, study for exam, but also, like, take the bus to go play on a Saturday and, like, study in the bus so I can make sure that I’m ready for the exam on Monday.
The Real Sports profile will also include tape after his injury during last season’s Monday night game against the Redskins, when he diagnosed his own MCL injury before trainers could reach him on the field.
And hey... Larry’s English is getting a lot better!