NFL Reportedly Won’t Let Newly Minted Doctor Put “M.D.” on His Jersey
Linemen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif completed his medical degree at McGill last month.
With all the negative stories involving football players, you’d think the National Football League would want to highlight the positive one of Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a medical degree this May.
You’d be wrong.
In a move that just doesn’t seem to make any sense, the NFL will reportedly not allow Duvernay-Tardif to put “M.D.” on the back of his jersey after he requested the privilege.
This is it! Today I become a doctor! It also marks the beginning of a great new adventure for all 2018 graduates of @mcgillu Faculty of Medicine. #LDTMD #graduation #passion #nfl #chiefs pic.twitter.com/j4oD1BCuXJ
— Laurent D. Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) May 29, 2018
The league, which does allow titles such as “Jr,” “Sr,” and, “III,” denied Duvernay-Tardif’s request but has yet to offer a good reason why, according to ProFootballTalk.
As PFT writes, there really isn’t any answer the NFL could give that would justify the ban.
“There’s no reasonable argument against it,” according to PFT. “Often, the league takes the position that, if an exception is made for one player, exceptions will have to be made for other players. In this case, they should want other players to become the exception, by demonstrating the intelligence and work ethic necessary to get a medical degree while also working as an NFL player.”
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