Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been squeezing in medical school during the offseasons, so this summer at age 27 he will graduate and become a medical doctor, and he will be the first physician to play in the NFL during the 2018 season.
Duvernay-Tardif wrote about attending medical school while playing in the NFL in The Players Tribune:
Ultimately, I’m just like any other full-time NFL player. In the off-season, I’m free to pursue my own interests. I had one year of medical school left when I got drafted, so I worked out an arrangement with the faculty to complete my final year in three separate four-month blocks. I did my first two segments in 2015 and ’16, and I’m splitting my final segment between this current off-season and next. Interestingly, when my next med school semester starts will depend on when my season ends, and with the Chiefs competing in the playoffs every year, my dates keep getting pushed back.
Duvernay-Tardif discussed the fact that he is petitioning the NFL to add M.D. to the back of his jersey, to celebrate his accomplishments, and to show off that he will be the first physician to play in the NFL in 2018:
I want to put Duvernay-Tardif M.D. on my jersey,” he said. “I’ve already started a conversation with the league office and they say that anything is possible.”
See? Not every player in the NFL is a meathead with head trauma. The NFL needs to celebrate that “Sure we’ve got criminals and head trauma, but it’s not all wife beating, drugs and CTE, we’ve got medical doctors too!” We here at SportSmasher.com love the idea of a player who has completed very difficult training to become a physician to celebrate their achievements by putting “M.D.” on their jersey. Over recent years, many players who father children in the offseason have “Sr.” added to the back of their jersey, to signify that they are a “Senior” and now have children. Anyone can shit out a kid. That’s not an accomplishment. Not everyone can complete medical school to become a physician in their spare time to become a doctor. That’s an accomplishment. As a side note, I need a player to become a private investigator during the offseason, and then add P.I. to the back of their jersey. Like Magnum P.I.
Expect to see these jerseys in the stands at Arrowhead next season: