It seems Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill plans to be an orthopedic surgeon one day, and this year he's getting the chance to dabble in the field—without even having to finish med school.
Tannehill will be the public face of Broward Health's orthopedics and sports medicine program for the next three years under a new celebrity endorsement deal with the South Florida healthcare system. The gig even had Tannehill, a former pre-med major at Texas A&M University, donning a personalized white lab coat and observing a hip scope procedure at a Fort Lauderdale clinic.
But some have questioned whether a public health system should be paying for celebrity endorsements at all. Especially for a Dolphins QB who last year signed a four-year contract worth more than $12 million.
Sun Sentinel columnist Michael Mayo reported last week that the endorsement deal—which was unveiled in a February news conference at Broward Health—is costing the tax-supported health system $331,000. The contract to hire the second-year quarterback did not require approval from the publicly appointed North Broward Hospital District board of commissioners.