Report: NFL rejects Duvernay-Tardif’s ‘M.D.’ jersey request

Denver Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams (92) is stopped by Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (76) in the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Nov. 27, 2016.Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Kansas City Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was denied in his request to add “M.D.” on his jersey, according to a report.

Montreal-based sports reporter Andy Mailly-Pressoir of TVA Sports reported that Duvernay-Tardif was rejected in his bid to honor his most recent accomplishment. The 27-year-old Quebec native completed an eight-year process to become a doctor late last month, as he graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a medical doctorate.

@LaurentDTardif a fait une demande officielle a la NFL pour ajouter les lettres ‘M.D.’ devant son nom de famille sur son chandail, mais la NFL a refuse. Il espere que le recent buzz mediatique entourant sa graduation puisse faire changer les choses.”

For those of you who need a French-to-English translation, here you go:

“LaurentDTardif made an official request to the NFL to add the letters ‘M.D.’ in front of his name on his jersey, but the NFL refused. He hopes that the recent media buzz surrounding his graduation can make a difference.”

Duvernay-Tardif was selected by the Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, with the team having full understanding that he was in his third year of medical school.

Duvernay-Tardif has also done well for himself on the field, signing a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Chiefs in 2017. He has started 38 games for Kansas City over the last three seasons and has permitted just two sacks over the past two years, according to Pro Football Focus.