LAURENT Duvernay-Tardif almost didn't get to hear his name announced on ESPN when he was selected in the sixth round by the Chiefs.
The reason? He was helping deliver twins via C-section.
Duvernay-Tardif, you see, is a medical student at McGill University in Montreal, which has had just one other player drafted by the NFL - Randy Chevrier, a long snapper taken by the Jaguars in 2001.
"I think when you play football, you have to play 100 percent," Duvernay-Tardif, a tackle, told the Associated Press. "When I went to the [East-West] Shrine game, I said, 'Let's compete until you hear the whistle,' and that's what I'm going to do at training camp. And hopefully I'm going to be able to compete for a spot."
The 23-year-old Quebec native said he'll be in Kansas City this week for orientation.
He has 1 more year of med school and said that if he makes the team he plans to complete his studies during the offseason. If he gets cut? Well, he's got a better fall-back plan than most athletes.
Former Ole Miss basketball star Marshall Henderson was doing damage control yesterday after he sent out a tweet that read: "Boycotting sportscenter til this michael sam nasty [expletive, expletive] is off .... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!! #SICKENING"
Not long afterward, Henderson sent a follow-up tweet that read: "One of my best friends, WHO IS GAY, is about to graduate in psychology, asked me to say these things so he can have responses . . . The point of his study was to see how people react when others say things or act a certain way against another group of people."
La Salle fans will be happy to know that Henderson has said he is planning to move to Philly to be near his agent.