Chiefs O-Lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Wants To Add 'M.D.' To His Nameplate After Graduating Med School
I genuinely hope that the NFL goes against just about every other random, narrow-minded fine/penalty they've administered in hopes of suffocating individuality and attaining complete uniformity amongst their players and allows Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to add 'M.D.' to his nameplate. Simultaneously managing both the physical toll of the most intimidating of trenches in the NFL and the mental toll of the most intimidating of classrooms in med school is a feat that's more than worthy of being recognized. So while it's about as shamelessly obnoxious as a law school grad adding 'Esq.' to his/her signature, what it lacks in humility it more than makes up for in well-deserved pride.
I just wonder if he's spoken with his coaches to find out how they feel about him having to pull double duty on Sunday's. You want to be acknowledged as a medical doctor while on the gridiron then I feel you should have to at least be on call as one of the gridiron's medical doctors. Of course, there's already more than enough staffed physicians irresponsibly skirting the concussion protocol by clearing every athlete that's capable of giving two thumbs up. However, on the off-chance that organized violence churns out patients at a higher rate than usual and they need a helping hand in waving vulnerable players back on to the field then it only makes sense that it be the big old, qualified mitts of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif!
As Curb Your Enthusiasm illustrated, not every doc is sworn to put in work off the clock, but - from an optics standpoint - if you have 'M.D.' stitched into your goddamn back then you might as well be pass blocking in scrubs. Somewhere in the code of ethics has to be a promise to uphold health when easily identified as someone whose proficient in doing so. I don't care what the down-and-distance is, if you absolutely have to pat yourself on the back for having just about the most impressively versatile of resumes then live up to it when put in a situation where the entire range of your expertise is needed the most. After all, we wouldn't want that oath to appear hypocritical instead of hippocratic.