The Canadian Football League would love nothing more then to poach some players from the National Football League.
The Montreal Alouettes recently acquired the rights to Super Bowl-winning guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. Duvernay-Tardif is reportedly taking a break from the league to focus on his medical career in Montreal.
In an effort to entice Duvernay-Tardif to join his team, Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia made an offer for the guard to add the letters “M.D.” to his jersey. Duvernay-Tardif has expressed interest in adding those letters to his jersey to indicate his status as a doctor – but the NFL would not allow it.
“We are happy to have proceeded with this transaction,” Maciocia said via 3DownNation.com. “Laurent is a football icon in Montreal and Quebec. We can only be winners in this transaction because even if Laurent never wears an Alouettes uniform, he will be able to openly support his hometown team without feeling any remorse.
We wish him the best success with his football career moving forward, and are satisfied knowing that if he does play in Canada, he will do so in a city and a stadium that he knows very well. He would also finally be able to wear the letters M.D. on the back of his jersey like he has been wanting to do.”
Duvernay-Tardif did not play a down of football as a rookie, but once he got on the field, he started 57 games between 2015 and 2019, winning Super Bowl LIV in the process.
Duvernay-Tardif was traded to the New York Jets in 2021, where he started seven games before becoming a free agent.
The 31-year-old has appeared in 68 career regular-season NFL games for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.