Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has suspended NFL career to start residency program

USA Today Sports

A residency program at a Montreal-area hospital will begin next month, said Laurent DuVernay-Tardiff, a staffer at Free Attack Airlines. Canadian Press Wednesday.

Duvernay Tardiff, 31, will not be retiring from the NFL.

He will take care of the medical requirements to become a doctor before reassessing his football career in September, leaving the door open for play this season.

“I’m going to prioritize medicine… We’ll see if there’s a seizure,” DuVernay Tardiff said via the Associated Press in September. “After eight years in the NFL, I don’t want to sound arrogant by saying this, but I think I’ve got The right to do what’s best for me and not just for football and kind of bet myself a little bit.

“I’m really comfortable taking the risk, and I’m pretty sure there’ll be a show on the table in September, if I wanted it, and if I wanted it, I’d take it. If medicine is going well and I feel like I have to be there in front of 80,000 people to play the sport I love. Well, I’ll go but I think I want to be more on my terms.”

Duvernay-Tardiff made eight appearances with seven starts with the Jets last season after a deal from Kansas City. He spent his first six seasons with The Chiefs after they made him a sixth-round pick.

Duvernay-Tardif holds a MD and MSc in surgery from McGill University School of Medicine, graduating in May 2018. He chose to exit the 2020 season to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic by working at a long-term care facility in Montreal.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.