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Sorry, Doc: NFL Denies Request Of Chiefs Player To Add 'M.D.' On Jersey

By John Carlo A. Villaruel
on Jun 25, 2018 11:55 PM EDT
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The National Football League has denied the request of talented offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was denied by the National Football League to put an M.D. at the back of his jersey.

Duvernay-Tardif, who plays as a right guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, earned his degree in medicine at McGill University in Montreal last May. He has played with the Chiefs for four seasons.

Last February, Duvernay-Tardif said that he requested the league to put an M.D. on his jersey and generally receive positive results. He is hoping that talks of his graduation will ultimately lead the NFL to reevaluate their decision. Duvernay-Tardif is looking to follow the footsteps of Chad Johnson who was once allowed by the NFL to change his name to Chad Ochocinco.

The 2014 sixth-round pick dedicated the last eight years of his life in pursuing his medical degree. He played college football with McGill University from 2010 to 2013. Duvernay-Tardif also became the first active NFL player to earn a medical degree.

2 More Goals For Duvernay-Tardif

While earning a degree in medicine certainly gave Duvernay-Tardif an accomplishment of a lifetime, he is still looking to win a Super Bowl and make it into the Pro Bowl. In February of last year, Duvernay-Tardif signed a five-year deal that will put him under contract until 2022. He has started in 38 games for the Chiefs in the last three seasons.

"If I make it into the Pro Bowl in the same year I graduate from medicine and win the Super Bowl then I don't know what I'm going to do. All my goals will be accomplished," Duvernay-Tardif expressed.

Duvernay-Tardif revealed that he has utilized his medical expertise to good use by discussing with fellow athletes about the symptoms of concussions. He believes that some players are not courageous enough to discuss symptoms of concussions since they are afraid of being taken out of the game.

The offensive lineman has been very vocal about the league's implementation of highly capable protective helmets. Duvernay-Tardif once left a highly intense playoff game against the Texans in 2016 after suffering from a concussion.

However, to win the Super Bowl the Chiefs will need all the help they can get especially from rookie sensation Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. Besides the trio, the team will also lean on the contributions of All-World pass rusher Justin Houston and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Earlier this offseason, the Chiefs made a shocking move of trading starting quarterback Alex Smith and Pro Bowl member Marcus Peters.

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