Chiefs starting right guard and soon-to-be doctor Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is currently over in Pyeongchang, South Korea, covering the Winter Olympics for Radio Canada.
In an interview with the Kansas City Star, Duvernay-Tardif said he is all set to finish his McGill University medical degree by the time the 2018 football season begins, and he is currently in talks with the NFL to have something to show for it.
#Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is talking to the league about adding "M.D." to his jersey next season (per @KCStar). pic.twitter.com/y62TJQWlYX— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) February 19, 2018
“I want to put Duvernay-Tardif M.D. on my jersey,” Duvernay-Tarif said. “I’ve already started a conversation with the league office and they say that anything is possible.”
The last rule change regarding names on jerseys I can recall is back in 2012, when Robert Griffin III persuaded the league to allow the Roman numerals “III” after Griffin.
Since then, many notable players have taken advantage of the rule, including Steve Smith Sr., Golden Tate III and Dante Fowler Jr.
This one will be an interesting case for the league—but based on fan reaction from our tweet this morning, it would be a welcomed addition.
I’d even go as far as to say it would perhaps be one of the highest-selling offensive lineman jerseys of all time.
Defensive tackles and edge rushers take note. The doctor is in.