/Laurent Duvernay-Tardif focusing on medical career after brief Jets run

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif focusing on medical career after brief Jets run

Former Jets lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is heading back to medicine.

Duvernay-Tardif will step away from NFL free agency for now and take up a residency program at a Montreal-area hospital next month, he told the Canadian Press.

Duvernay-Tardif will finish his requirements to become a physician before considering a potential return to football in September when the season is beginning.

“I’m going to prioritize medicine… and we’ll see in September if there’s a fit,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “After eight years in the NFL, and I don’t want to sound pretentious by saying this, but I think I’ve earned the right to do what’s best for me and not just for football and kind of bet on myself a little bit.”

Duvernay-Tardif was traded from the Chiefs to the Jets in early November for tight end Dan Brown.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on the Jets sideline on Nov. 14, 2021.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on the Jets sideline on Nov. 14, 2021.
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“I’m really comfortable with the risk, and I’m pretty confident there’s going to be an offer on the table in September,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “If I want it, and if I want it, I’ll take it. If medicine is going well and I feel like I’ve got to be out there in front of 80,000 people to play the sport I love, well, I’ll go but I think I want it to be more on my terms.”

This isn’t Duvernay-Tardif’s first leave from the NFL. The former Chief opted out of the 2020 NFL season to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif playing for the Jets on Dec. 12, 2021.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif playing for the Jets on Dec. 12, 2021.
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Duvernay-Tardif has already completed his master’s in surgery and doctorate in medicine from the McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal.