Priority in Medicine by Laurent DuVernay Tardiff

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has always prioritized football, but the call of medicine is now being felt. The guard starts his stay at 1Verse July while keeping the door open to hopping on the field in the NFL in the fall if the opportunity presents itself.

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Duvernay Tardiff, who played from 2014 to 2021 with the Kansas City Chiefs before being traded to the New York Jets in November, has been a free agent since March.

And he confirms that he discussed with the teams interested in his services for the next season, and that he received up to three confirmed offers from clubs, which he prefers not to specify.

However, those who obtained their medical degree at McGill University in May 2018 must start their residency if they wish to continue on this path.

Last November, he completed the admission application process, as this was the last cycle in which he could apply for his residency. He was accepted, and recently got his work permit. He now intends to specialize in family medicine and emergency medicine.

“The goal has always been medicine for the next 40 years. I have expanded my career as much as possible to get the most out of football, but I have reached the point where medicine has to be the priority. DuVernay Tardiff, who will be working at McGill’s Health Network, said.” We’re talking about a two-year specialization program, and without the introductory stage, I’d be risking jeopardizing my career.”

Open door

Cette phase d’introduction en résidence s’étirera sur deux mois, ce qui fait en sorte qu’en septembre, si une équipe de la NFL se manifeste et que l’intérêt s’avère réciproque, il ne pour serapit pas in the bathroom.

“I keep training and will see in September how I feel, but the teams that called me are relieved of the situation. I couldn’t be more transparent about that. DuVernay Tardiff noted that medicine prioritizes medicine while leaving the door open for myself.

Laurent DuVernay Tardiff graduated from McGill University School of Medicine in May 2018.

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Laurent DuVernay Tardiff graduated from McGill University School of Medicine in May 2018.

bet on himself

After giving up in the 2020 season to lend a helping hand to the CHSLDs in Quebec at the start of the pandemic and after being sidelined by chiefs for two months, he quickly fell to his feet in New York.

Off the field for 18 months, he regained his starting position after just 10 days. This makes the friendly giant say he can do the same thing again, even if he misses summer training camp.

“I’m not a pretender and I don’t like to say it, but I decided to bet myself. After eight years in the NFL, I got that right,” he said.

“During all these years in football, you have been told that you are not necessary, that you can be substituted and that you are a pawn on the chessboard. And I will take the opportunity to change that narrative.”

Super Bowl above all

In this context, Duvernay-Tardif will continue to listen if the opportunity presents itself and the market for its services will no longer be a factor.

“If I’m going, she has a real chance of winning another Super Bowl. Money won’t play a role in my decision,” the goalkeeper said.

Peacefully if the end is on earth

Over the years since being drafted into the NFL, Laurent DuVernay Tardiff has proven time and time again that it’s best not to bet against him. However, if his footballing journey is to come to an end this year, he will be completely relieved.

“I am 100% satisfied if this is the end,” he said.

“In a very humble way, I think I did what I had to do in football. If I keep playing, it’s only because I got bitten by the feeling of being in front of 80,000 people in an electrified stadium and winning as a team. I didn’t break the page, but if it’s not there anymore Football, there will be no more football.”

Reserve soldier? Not so fast!

This has the advantage of being clear. However, if he gets a call and agrees to put the shoulder pads on again, it would be impudent to think that Duvernay-Tardif would accept the role of occult.

In the NFL, training camps in July and August inevitably leave their mark. While some players fall into the fray, others find themselves at the mercy of the economic reality of a salary cap.

Therefore, lining up in September is not always what is imagined in June.

I have rarely known talented players who have only brought depth, even if they started as a reserve with a team. The truth is that there are always injuries.

I don’t live in denial either. I don’t expect that if I get to the first week, without boot camp, they’ll tell me, ‘These are the keys to the guard room on the right,’ said DuVernay Tardiff.

reassuring presence

In discussions between interested teams and his agent Sasha Gafami, “Doc” realizes that even by risking making them weaken, he can quickly win his place.

“I was told that it could make a lot of teams feel safer to have a goalkeeper who was traded and became a starting player 10 days later for a new team, after being sidelined for a year and a half. The argument that I haven’t played in a long time can be quickly turned around.”

But for now, it won’t just be medicine and program training.

“There will be no more public appearances from July 1, and there will be no more dinners and fundraising activities from foundations… I will give myself the opportunity to invest myself in my passion for medicine.”

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