Ravens OL John Urschel, 26, retires abruptly, two days after CTE study

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 27, 2017

Now, perhaps in an effort to preserve that brain, he is retiring from the National Football League at 26, the Ravens announced Thursday.

John Urschel, the former Penn State lineman who became known as the NFL's mathematics genius, is leaving football. "We respect John and respect his decision", Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in a statement.

In three season with the Ravens Urschel played in 40 games, starting 13 of them.

In 2015, he opened up in a Players Tribune article about his future in football and out of it, most notably touching on mental health.

"I recognize that this is somewhat irrational", Urschel said on the segment. He had been pursuing a PHD in mathematics from MIT as well. He was expected to compete for the Ravens' starting center job in training camp. "Chris was one of the toughest football players I've ever had the pleasure of playing against". I have no desire to try to accumulate $10 million in the bank; I already have more money in my bank account than I know what to do with.

Urschel wrote that he objectively shouldn't play football because of his bright future in mathematics, and because his other passions (reading math, doing research and playing chess) are very low-priced. "It's more important to me that I'm able to do the two things I love".

Urschel has garnered much media attention and recognition in recent years for his work in the classroom. "There's a rush you get when you go out on the field, lay everything on the line and physically dominate the player across from you. All this while playing guard for the Baltimore Ravens". I drive a used hatchback Nissan Versa and live on less than $25k a year. Urschel even wrote that he still drove a used hatchback Nissan Versa and lives on less than $25,000 a year.

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