Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, right guard for the Kansas City Chiefs and then for the New York Jets, is the first active player in the NFL to hold a medical degree. He had already entered the history books in 2014, when he became the 10th Canadian and the first Québecer in 15 years to be drafted by an NFL team. A member of the team that won the 54th Super Bowl, Laurent added the Vince Lombardi Trophy to his list of honours. His career was so singular that the American daily the Kansas City Star called him « the most interesting man in the NFL. »
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In addition to being known for his accomplishments in sports, Laurent stands out for his philanthropic involvement in healthcare, culture, and education. The leadership and positive impact that he provides within the community were underlined in 2021 with the prestigious Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, which acknowledges his efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
In 2017, Laurent’s desire to engage with young people led him to co-found the LDT Foundation with his life partner, Florence Dubé-Moreau, and the assistance of a team of young and enthusiastic professionals.
Together, they are developing innovative programs combining physical and art activities for kids. Laurent and Florence share the desire to inspire a love for sports and arts in children – both having had the privilege of discovering these spheres of activity when they were young and being outstanding in their fields today.