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 Ravens Cheap Jerseys 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, only good things would flow from granting the request.
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.
If that doesn’t happen over the next few weeks, it will be one of the top priorities for training camp and the preseason.
Here’s one more to avoid: Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, for a couple of reasons. First, they won’t be as bad as many expect. Second, owner Mike Brown doesn’t like to pay people to not work. So if a firing comes, it likely won’t happen during the season — barring the kind of meltdown that just isn’t likely given the talent on the roster.
And here’s one to watch, given the long odds (and potentially great payoff): Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. Although owner Jerry Jones prefers a coach who won’t try to steal the spotlight, Garrett is running out of chances to prove Jones right for being so patient with the offensive coordinator who succeeded Wade Phillips during the 2010 season, after Jones made it Wholesale NFL Jerseys clear that he wouldn’t be firing Wade Phillips during the 2010 season.