Chiefs’ Laurent Duvernay-Tardif finishing medical school, wants “M.D.” on his jersey

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A handful of NFL players have suffixes like “Sr.” or “Jr.” or “III” after their last names on their jerseys. Now one player has an idea for a new one.

Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who is finishing up his medical degree this offseason, wants the back of his jersey to say, “Duvernay-Tardif M.D.”

“I want to put Duvernay-Tardif M.D. on my jersey,” he told the Kansas City Star. “I’ve already started a conversation with the league office and they say that anything is possible.”

Duvernay-Tardif has been talking about it for a while, writing in the Players Tribune last year that, “I’m hoping to become the first NFL player to step on the field with an M.D. in my back pocket — and maybe on the back of my jersey.”

Whether the NFL would let him do it remains to be seen, but they should. This is hardly “He Hate Me.” This is the kind of accomplishment from a player that the league should celebrate.

31 responses to “Chiefs’ Laurent Duvernay-Tardif finishing medical school, wants “M.D.” on his jersey

  1. So if they become certified accountants they can put CPA or if they are PMI project managers they could have PMP on their jersey? This seems like a ridiculous request. It’s not part of his legal name and shouldn’t be allowed on his jersey.

  2. Being a doctor he had to take a oath that no matter where he is if someone needs medical assistance he has to render aide. Once you become a doctor that degree becomes part of your legal name. He deserves the right to have MD on his jersey

  3. Why not have him wear a white lab coat with his name followed by MD embroidered over it instead of a jersey.

  4. He put the work in, he deseves it. I know he got paid for his work as a player but its good to know he has a career after work although he does not need one. Too many of these guys are bankrupt after their playing days. It is sad.

  5. Can Watt put his “honorary degree” from m Baylor on his jersey?

    Joking aside, I bet the NFL has less than 10 doctorate level degrees, ever. That’s pretty awesome and Congratulations!

  6. No one had a problem with ‘Ocho Cinco’, whats wrong with pride in education? I want to see MORE MDs on the field as a matter of fact.

  7. Although suffixes like Jr. and III are part of a person’s legal name, nobody has Sr. as part of their legal name. If they allow that, they should allow anything. On the other hand, they made Chad Johnson change his legal name before letting him put Ochocinco on his jersey. I’d rather see a guy with MD on his jersey than a guy with a goofy nickname. Maybe it would set a good example for young football players that you can play football and still go to school.

  8. lengai says:
    February 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    He’d have to do his residency to be an MD.

    In the United States, the MD degree is awarded after graduation from medical school. A residency is required to achieve board certification in a specialty.

    Haven’t you heard the old joke?

    Q: What do you call the guy who finished last in his class at medical school?

    A: “Doctor.”

  9. While it’s pretty damn impressive to do the med school thing while an active NFL player, I don’t recall NFLer-attorneys with juris doctor degrees being permitted to have “JD” on their jerseys. Chris Collinsworth of the Bengals, and Alan Page/Fred McNeil of the Vikes, among numerous others, all got JD degrees and didn’t need to show off about it.

  10. I don’t see why anyone would have a problem with this. It’s the ultimate sign of accomplishment – all the more impressive while being an active player. It reflects well on the league and would be a positive antidote to those who are offput by the taking of knees.

  11. If they allow that it’s only a matter of time before others will complain that they want their rapper name on their jersey and other more foolish things.

  12. Wikipedia–“Primum non nocere is a Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.” The phrase is sometimes recorded as primum nil nocere.[1]

    Non-maleficence, which is derived from the maxim, is one of the principal precepts of bioethics that all healthcare students are taught in school and is a fundamental principle throughout the world.”

    What about the chop-blocks, illegal hands to the face, etc.?

  13. How many lawyers do you address as Lawyer Smith or CPA’s do you address as Accountant Jones? You do address most physicians as Dr. Smith or Dr. Jones. You people who have a problem with it are ignorant, jealous idiots

  14. BIG Mad or Little Mad??? Lol Ofcourse he should be able to put Dr. Duvernay-Tardiff on his jersey if he wants to. The HATE is REAL. Congrats young man, that is Quite an Accomplishment!

  15. arrowhead816 says:
    February 20, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    Being a doctor he had to take a oath that no matter where he is if someone needs medical assistance he has to render aide. Once you become a doctor that degree becomes part of your legal name. He deserves the right to have MD on his jersey
    Does this mean he will have to stop in the middle of a play to render aid if someone gets injured?
    And no the degree does not become part of your legal name. Your legal name is still whatever is on your birth certificate unless you petition the court to change it. But I digress…Congrats to Dr Duvernay-Tardiff! It will be interesting to see how the NFL reacts.

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