Coming This Summer: Chiefs Kingdom Shorts

65TPT Productions hits the road to visit with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Charcandrick West

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Pete Sweeney

I had never visited Montreal, Quebec, before this past offseason, so I was very eager to find out what it would be like.

Montreal is the home of starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a player with a background story rivaled by few in the National Football League.

Duvernay-Tardif is pursuing a medical degree at McGill University while playing professional football. In visiting him, we explored why he has decided to pursue such a goal and the exact processes of how he plans on accomplishing it.

We visited the hospital he works at, the gym he trains in and his family-owned bakery he calls one of his favorite places to study.

In the piece set to debut later this summer, Chiefs Kingdom will be provided the opportunity to know Duvernay-Tardif better than it ever has before.

Charcandrick West B.J. Kissel

I wanted to tell the story of Charcandrick West for a couple of reasons.

First, he's made an instant connection with Chiefs Kingdom and the genuine persona he exhibits when he's in front of the camera and fans is the same thing I see from him when he's out of the spotlight.

Second, his story is incredible.

From growing up in the small town of Cullen, Louisiana, which has a population of less than 1,500 people, to playing football at Division II Abilene Christian, signing with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent and then being called upon when the best running back in franchise history went down, West has lived a whirlwind over the past year.

I wanted to know how he became the man he is today, who helped him along the way and what lessons his journey could teach others about humility, compassion, faith and determination.

In order to do that, I spent a few days with West and his family and friends in Louisiana, walking the halls of his high school and the football field where it all started. I even stopped by the barber he's been going to his entire life.

It's a story that needed to be told, and it's one that people are going to love.

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