Dr. Long-Snap

Dr. Long-Snap

Former Chief and Seahawk Jean-Philippe Darche has been named to the Alpha Omega Honour Medical Society.

Darche was one of the first Canadian long-snap specialists to earn regular NFL employment.

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a professional medical organization, recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine.

After completing a nine-year career as a long-snapper with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, the St. Laurent native was accepted into medical school at the University of Kansas. The 38-year-old  is scheduled to graduate from the University of Kansas school of medicine in 2014.

Before taking a decade to play in the NFL, Darche was a middle-linebacker and long-snapper at McGill. He graduated in 1998 with a science degree in physiology.

In 2006 he became only the second CIS grad to play in the Super Bowl.

Other Canadians to follow in Darche’s long-snap footsteps include current Dallas Cowboy L.P. Ladouceur (Montreal) and former Regina Ram Jorgen Hus (Saskatoon), currently in camp with the St. Louis Rams http://canada.nfl.com/2013/05/22/time-to-shine/

Alpha Omega Alpha is to medicine what Phi Beta Kappa is to letters and the humanities and Sigma Xi is to science. Its values include honesty, honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others, and leadership. Members have a compelling drive to do well and to advance the medical profession and exemplify the highest standards of professionalism.

Fifty-four Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, and in Chemistry, have been AΩA members. Thirty-one of those were elected to AΩA prior to winning the Nobel Prize.

For more on the Darche brothers (J.P.’s brother currently plays in the National Hockey League) read Stu Cowan’s fine blog: http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2013/05/23/former-mcgill-football-star-j-p-darche-receives-medical-honour/