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Sports Montreal's Dr. Duvernay-Tardif sets sights on Super Bowl victory

18:30  21 january  2020
18:30  21 january  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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With any luck, Sasha Ghavami has a good phone plan, because his cellphone has been blowing up since the Kansas City Chiefs qualified Sunday for the Super Bowl . “I can tell you my phone has been going off non-stop,” Ghavami told the Montreal Gazette on Monday. “It’ s been something.

In May, Duvernay - Tardif graduated from McGill University in Montreal , and he earned a medical doctorate. " Duvernay - Tardif has been chipping away at his degree for the last eight years, and should be allowed to honor that accomplishment on the back of his jersey.

a close up of a person in a red uniform holding a baseball bat:  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hugs right-guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of Montreal after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Missouri. © Jamie Squire Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hugs right-guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of Montreal after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Missouri.

With any luck, Sasha Ghavami has a good phone plan, because his cellphone has been blowing up since the Kansas City Chiefs qualified Sunday for the Super Bowl.

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“I can tell you my phone has been going off non-stop,” Ghavami told the Montreal Gazette on Monday. “It’s been something. It’s kind of surreal.”

Ghavami, a 28-year-old who studied at Université de Montréal to become a lawyer, is the agent for Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the Chiefs’ starting right guard. They have known each other since they studied at CEGEP André-Grasset, with Duvernay-Tardif becoming his first client in 2013.

a close up of a person in a red uniform holding a baseball bat:  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hugs right-guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of Montreal after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Missouri. © Jamie Squire Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hugs right-guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of Montreal after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 19, 2020, in Kansas City, Missouri.

That was one year before the former McGill University standout was selected in the sixth-round (200th overall) by Kansas City in the NFL draft. And on Feb. 2 in Miami against the San Francisco 49ers, the 6-foot-5, 321-pound Duvernay-Tardif, who graduated from McGill’s Faculty of Medicine in May 2018, will become the second player from that school to reach the Super Bowl, after J.P. Darche.

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It is mid-July in Montreal , two months after Duvernay - Tardif graduated from medical school and He never considered the possibility that, once he graduated, he’d be a mainstay on a Super Bowl contender in the midst of a five-year Duvernay - Tardif laughs as he passes out the bags of pastries.

Duvernay - Tardif thanked everyone in Montreal and Canada for supporting him through the highs and lows of his career. Now he just needs a Super Bowl Kansas City Chiefs' Laurent Duvernay - Tardif (76) is introduced before the NFL AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans on

Darche and Duvernay-Tardif are doctors, adding a rare and remarkable coincidence to the story, although Darche had yet to graduate when the former long snapper reached the 2006 Super Bowl with Seattle, the Seahawks losing to Pittsburgh. Duvernay-Tardif is the only active NFL player who doubles as a physician, but must still complete his residency which, on average, takes two to five years.

In another strange twist Darche, who spent nine seasons in the NFL with Seattle and Kansas City, is one of the Chiefs’ team doctors.

“Laurent’s done a lot. He’s accomplished a lot of things. One thing that hasn’t been done is make it all the way to the Super Bowl,” said Ghavami, who attended Sunday’s AFC championship victory over Tennessee in Kansas City with Duvernay-Tardif’s longtime girlfriend, Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau.

“For him to be part of this championship and starting, and playing at a high level while helping the team win and getting to the big game, I think it meant a lot,” Ghavami added. “For a kid who was playing at McGill in 2013 … six or seven years later we’re heading to Miami, it’s pretty amazing. For me in the stands, I was really proud.”

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Dr . Laurent Duvernay - Tardif , Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman, graduated from medical school on Tuesday. A starting offensive guard for the Chiefs since 2015, Duvernay - Tardif was heavily invested in his continued education in the offseason near his home in Montreal .

Laurent Duvernay - Tardif could be paged next season. Duvernay - Tardif , the Chiefs' starting right guard, took part in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday at McGill University in Montreal , where he obtained his doctorate in medicine. The degree completes seven years of study.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif wearing a hat:  NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif receiving his Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine on on May 29, 2018. © Vincent Ethier NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif receiving his Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine on on May 29, 2018.

Ghavami returned to Montreal following the game — and after enjoying a post-game meal and bottle of wine with his client — and has been fielding calls ever since. Ghavami said he has received close to 30 media requests for interviews, all of which are being put on hold until the Chiefs decide whether to make Duvernay-Tardif available. Kansas City players began preparing Monday for the title game, conducting meetings and film review.

The Chiefs haven’t reached the Super Bowl in 50 years, while San Francisco will be seeking its sixth NFL title, the last coming in 1994.

While Duvernay-Tardif was emotional on the field while being interviewed, he was somewhat more relaxed over dinner, Ghavami said.

“I don’t think he realized it yet. It hadn’t sunk in. He was quite tired, but also excited and happy. It’s a new feeling, a new step on the path he’s been taking,” said Ghavami, who almost two years ago negotiated a five-year contract for his client worth more than US$42 million — almost half of it guaranteed, with a US$10-million signing bonus.

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Laurent Duvernay - Tardif is a medical doctor and Kansas City Chiefs lynchpin. To prepare for his final exams after last season, Duvernay - Tardif isolated himself in an apartment outside of Montreal and studied up to 14 hours a day, citing Reid' s mantra of avoiding distractions.

Duvernay - Tardif has spent the last seven years in medical school at Montreal ’ s McGill University. But Duvernay - Tardif said trying to get time with the athletes has also taught him a lesson that will “If I make it to the Pro Bowl in the same year that I graduate from medicine … and win the Super Bowl

“I’ve always hoped to see him get to that game and to see what kind of impact that would have,” the agent added. “I’m looking forward to the next two weeks to see how it all transpires in Quebec and Canada.

“Regardless of the success, contract and money, the game and notoriety, he’s the same guy I used to hang out with and grab a drink with. He’s kind and generous. He’s stayed the same. He’s an authentic and genuine person.”

Duvernay-Tardif was a defensive lineman at McGill before being switched to offence. His dominance became apparent immediately, according to one of his former coaches.

“We did some one-on-one drills,” said Matthieu Quiviger, an assistant offensive-line coach at McGill who played for the Alouettes in 1996. “I could tell. I could see he was much better.”

McGill played Duvernay-Tardif at offensive tackle, switching him from the left to right side, as necessary, to have him line up against the opposition’s best defensive end. A two-time all-Canadian, he also won the J.P. Metras Trophy as the most outstanding lineman.

“Wayne Gretzky’s bantam coach, the first time he saw him on the ice, probably knew he was special. To me, (the same) was very obvious with Laurent,” Quiviger said. “I told him you’re not going to the CFL. He brought something to the NFL right away that nobody else could.”

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Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay - Tardif addresses the media after earning his doctorate. Andy Reid: "Nobody flinched, everybody hung in there". Head coach Andy Reid addresses the media following the Chiefs Divisional playoff victory over the Houston Texans.

Mr Duvernay - Tardif realised his talent for football while playing for his school' s team as a medical Mr Duvernay - Tardif said he hopes to someday work in emergency medicine, but he is probably a long way For now, his goals are the same as any other football player - he wants to win the Super Bowl .

Darche, who first met Duvernay-Tardif through Quiviger, called the player a renaissance man with divergent interests outside the game. Darche’s three teenage children all have Chiefs jerseys with Duvernay-Tardif’s name and number.

“He’s a very bright guy. Not a prototypical player,” said Darche, 44, whose specialty is sports medicine. “I’m happy for Laurent to have the chance to do this. It’s something he’ll never forget.

“It brings back a lot of memories. As one of the team doctors, it’s still fun but not nearly as exciting as when you’re a player. When you’re not playing it’s also a lot less stressful.”

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