Laurent Duvernay-Tardif's run as the NFL's only active player to hold a medical degree has come to a close. It lasted less than one day. Houston Texans star J.J. Watt received a medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine on Wednesday.
One big difference: Duvernay-Tardif's degree is real, while Watt's is honorary.
I’ve had a lot of big dreams in my life, but not even I dreamt that I could one day become a Doctor. I am truly humbled and honored to receive the degree of Doctor of Humanities in Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine! #CanTheyPutMDonMyJersey pic.twitter.com/7TyNKrvhh7— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 30, 2018
Watt received the honorary degree along with Houston Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. David Persse, both of whom have "provided exceptional support or service directly or indirectly to Baylor or to academic medicine as a whole and to the community at large," according to a press release from Baylor.
Watt raised millions of dollars and delivered food, water, and supplies to residents in order to help assist with Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey last year. He was also named Sports Illustrated's Person of the Year and the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year for his Harvey-related efforts.
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