Why won?t the NFL let Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif apply the initials signifying his status as a Medical Doctor on the back of his jersey? The position on the M.D. issue has become the latest million-dollar question regarding the No Fun League.
And this one really isn?t about fun. It?s about celebrating excellence and inspiring others to emulate it. From persuading players to make early preparations for the post-football existence that Chuck Noll called ?your life?s work? to making an impression on inquisitive children who learn that the ?M.D.? next to Duvernay-Tardif?s name means ?doctor? and who may decide in that moment to do the same Paul Krause Jersey , only good things would flow from granting the request.
PFT contacted the league by email on Saturday for confirmation of the story that had emerged from Canada regarding the no-M.D. edit. There was no response. PFT contacted the league by email again on Sunday, after MDS posted a story on the report from Canada, for confirmation and explanation. Again, there was no response.
The response from fans has been largely universal: It?s a bad decision and a worse look for a league that already allows ?SR.? and ?JR.? and other designations to appear on a jersey. So why not let Durvernay-Tardif to attach a designation that is used just as commonly?
There?s no reasonable argument against it. Often, the league takes the position that, if an exception is made for one player, exceptions will have to be made for other players. In this case Ethan Pocic Jersey , they should want other players to become the exception, by demonstrating the intelligence and work ethic necessary to get a medical degree while also working as an NFL player.
What?s the problem with celebrating this achievement? Does the NFL hope players won?t develop the kind of marketable skills that won?t make them completely dependent on professional football, ensuring that the NFL will have full and complete access to the players until the moment when the NFL decides it no longer wants or needs them?
That surely (I hope) isn?t the case. But the NFL usually has a reason for everything it does, even if the reasoning is misguided. In this case, there?s simply no valid reason to keep Duvernay-Tardif from letting the world know via his football uniform what he has accomplished. Before throwing Jarvis Landry a pass, the Browns made a huge commitment to him.
Cleveland signed the star wide receiver to a five-year, $75 million contract extension on Friday night Patrick Chung Jersey , locking up a game-changing player they're counting on for the future.
A three-time Pro Bowler acquired last month in a trade with Miami, Landry was at the team's headquarters Friday as the Browns continued preparations for an NFL draft that may re-shape their franchise.
"Jarvis Landry is the type of football player we want on this team for a long time," general manager John Dorsey said. "Obviously, he's an accomplished playmaker, that's why we went after him in the trade but in his short time as a Brown we can already see the type of leadership and competitiveness he's going to bring to his teammates. We are very pleased that we've been able to secure him to a long-term contract."
Landry led the NFL with 112 catches last season and scored nine touchdowns, two more than Cleveland's entire receiving corps.
The 25-year-old will make an immediate impact for a Cleveland team that lost all 16 games last season and is 1-31 in two years under coach Hue Jackson.
"I've always dreamed of two things: taking care of my family and playing football," Landry said. "I've become a product of hard work John Miller Jersey , sacrifice, persistence, and mental toughness. Jerry Rice said the thing that made him so great was the fear of failure. I've been afraid of failure my whole life. I've endured my share, but in each and every discomforting time I've failed, I've also grown, I've also learned, I've also found success."
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