His career is unlike any other. But one thing that makes it so, is how unlikely it once seemed that he would just be reaching the end in 2018.
For Duvernay-Tardif, this was not only a way to experience the Olympics — a true bucket-list event — but also a chance to combine his two worlds of sports and medicine while adding a new skill to his repertoire.
He has been working on his medical degree at McGill University in Montreal for the past seven years and continued his studies even when he entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2014.
It should be easy to avoid the teams with only two games on deck, as the Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and Ducks don’t offer an abundance of must-start players to begin with. If you have the bench room, there’s a strong chance you can find a replacement with four games who will offer a higher gross output.
For those new to the forecaster chart, here are some explanations: “O” (offense) and “D” (defense) matchup ratings are based upon a scale from 1 (poor matchup) to 10 (excellent matchup) and are calculated using a formula that evaluates the team’s season-to-date statistics, their performance in home/road games depending on where the game is to be played, as well as their opponents’ numbers in those categories. The “Ratings” column lists the cumulative rating from 1-10 of that week’s offensive (“O”) and defensive (“D”) matchups.
If anyone back then would have tried to guess which player from that draft would last the longest, Janikowski would … not have been the guess.
Janikowski had a lot of leg. He had a lot of pretty much everything, often too much. Jon Gruden was his first NFL coach; he didn’t want to use the 17th pick on him. He got overruled by Al Davis in what might be the Al Davis-est of all Al Davis moves, and for those first couple of seasons, Gruden seemed very right.
Gruden would admit the obvious later: He was very wrong. Everybody was. Even though for a while, everybody seemed really right.
It ended not with a miracle, but with a mewl: The United States men’s team, a hockey superpower, was sent packing one game before the medal round by the Czech Republic on Wednesday.