Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is halting his NFL career – again.
The 31-year-old Canadian attacker told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that he will begin a residency program at a Montreal-area hospital next month.
Duvernay-Tardif has been an unrestricted agent for the NFL since March after finishing last season with the New York Jets.
He said he would not quit football, just take care of the medical requirements needed to become a doctor.
The goalkeeper plans to re-evaluate both his interest in football as well as that of the NFL clubs in September.
“I will prioritize medicine … and we will see in September if there is a seizure,” DuVernay Tardiff said in a phone interview. “After eight years in the NFL, and 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.
Duvernay-Tardiff said he is confident he can pick up where he left off in the league if he chooses.
He said, “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 to. And if I wanted to 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.”
Soon after helping the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl in February 2020, DuVernay-Tardiff became the The first player in the NFL to withdraw from participation From the following season, he left the team to fight the COVID-19 pandemic working at a long-term care facility in Montreal.
The 6-foot-5, 321-pound Duvernay Tardiff returned to Kansas City last season expecting to fight for his starting spot, but was sidelined for a month after breaking his hand in training camp.
In November, he waived the no-trade clause, allowing Kansas City to handle the aircraft. He started seven of his eight matches in the Jets’ Right Guard.
DuVernay Tardiff received his MD and MSc in Surgery from McGill University in 2018.