Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif received much media attention last year when he received his Doctor of Medicine graduate degree while still an active player.
However, he was not the first Chiefs lineman to graduate from medical school.
J.P. Darsche, who played at Arrowhead from 2006-08, already had his M.D. degree and has been practicing medicine in Kansas City for the last five years.
Dr. Darsche was a nine-year NFL vet (2000-08) whose pro football career began as a third-round draft choice in 1999 with the Toronto (CFL) Argonauts. He signed with the Seahawks the following season and was their long snapper and special teams standout through 2006. He finished his football career in Kansas City and stayed in the area to complete his medical education.
Dr. Darsche now practices family medicine in the Kansas City area where he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He also is a member of the Chiefs medical staff, so his patients range from young injured skateboarders to Duvernay-Tardif and other active Chiefs players.
“I can relate to most of the athletic injuries that happen to my younger patients,” says Dr. Darsche “because I’ve already seen them or had them happen to me through the years. I can also relate pretty well to football injuries to Chiefs players because I’ve been there myself.”
Dr. Darsche and Dr. Duvernay-Tardif both are Canadian natives who graduated from McGill University in Montreal. They are giving the Chiefs a reputation as the “NFL Cradle of Medical Doctors”.
Both men will be on the field for the Chiefs opener this Sunday in Jacksonville… Duvernay-Tardif in the starting line-up and Darche on the sidelines looking out for the medical care of his Chiefs colleagues. We at NFL Alumni wish much success to both doctors and are proud they are prominent members of the NFL family.