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Petition to National Football League, Roger Goodell

Allow Doctor and NFL Player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to Have 'M.D.' on his Jersey

On June 24, 2018, it was announced that Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was denied his request from the NFL to add "M.D." to the back of his jersey.  In May 2018 - after 8 years of studying - Duvernay-Tardif became the first active NFL player to earn a medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While that is an amazing feat in itself, it's even more amazing that he was able to acquire his degree while spending the last 4 seasons as a professional football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. Duvernay-Tardif somehow managed to balance the work of a NFL football player and a full time doctoral student at the same time by completing his school work in the offseason - which basically means he had no offseasons. And now the NFL is refusing his request to honor this achievement. With all the skepticism among parents and the hesitancy to let their kids play football because of the risk of head injuries, concussions, and other adverse side effects, this was a hugely missed opportunity by the NFL to ease those concerns by demonstrating that a medical doctor is playing in the NFL. Not to mention this would be a great chance to create a message to kids watching that they can be anything they set their mind to - whether it be a doctor, a professional football player, or both! Laurent's accomplishment in achieving his medical degree should not be hidden, it should be respected and displayed. Please sign this petition to help reward someone for their great work and potentially open the door for doctors, nurses, lawyers, and other graduates to get their recognition in professional sports as well.   

Dillon Davis
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