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NFL Reportedly Refuses to Let Player Use 'MD' on Uniform

Kansas City's Laurent Duvernay-Tardif got his medical degree this year
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2018 2:50 PM CDT
Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.   (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann, File)
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(Newser) – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is unique in the NFL: The offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs is also officially a medical doctor, having earned his degree earlier this year from Canada's McGill University, reports Fox News. Duvernay-Tardif now wants to celebrate his accomplishment by putting "MD" before his name on the back of his jersey, but a Montreal journalist reports in a French-language tweet that the NFL turned down the request. Mike Florio at NBC's ProFootballTalk just doesn't get it.

"There’s no reasonable argument against it," he writes. "Often, the league takes the position that, if an exception is made for one player, exceptions will have to be made for other players." Well, in this case, that would be fantastic. The NFL "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." Duvernay-Tardif, who was drafted in 2014, finished up his necessary classes during the offseasons. The NFL has not commented on the report. (Read more NFL stories.)

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