Just Call Him “Dr. Darche”
April 28, 2010
By Bill Boehlke
Congratulations to J.P. Darche, who has been accepted into the University of Kansas Medical School as part of the Class of 2014. It seems medical school had always been J.P.’s (Jean-Philippe’s) initial focus before getting side tracked into a successful NFL career (Seattle 2000-2006, Kansas City 2007-2008).
“Prior to coming to Seattle in 2000, I was into my second year of medical school at McGill University in Montreal,” J.P. recalls. “I took a one year sabbatical to give the NFL a shot and it turned into a decade. I’m starting at the University of Kansas in August, as we have settled down here after my two years playing for the Chiefs. Not sure what specialty I will choose, but I wouldn’t mind being involved in sports medicine somehow.”
The former Seahawks long snapper is looking forward to once again ‘hitting the playbook’, only this time with some bigger goals ahead.
“I’m really excited to get back to school,” J.P. said. “I loved my nine years in the NFL, but I feel like it’s time for me to move on and get on with my medical career that was delayed by football.”
J.P. has plenty of happy memories of his years in a Seahawks uniform, including that memorable 2005 season.
“I have very fond memories of my seven years in Seattle,” he recalls. “I loved the city, my teammates, and I think the Seahawks are a first-class organization that really knows how to treat their players. I will always cherish the memories of the 2005 Super Bowl season.”
And former teammates do keep in contact.
“I still stay in touch with some of my old Seahawks teammates, mainly Matt Hasselbeck, Isaiah Kacyvenski, Ryan Hannam, Josh Brown, Tom Rouen, and Rian Lindell, to name a few.”
J.P. also says that his wife Joanne is pretty excited about the idea of now packing four lunches for school every day. Those lunch sacks include his children: Justin, Catherine and Zachary.