OWINGS MILLS — Just a few days after a new medical study on CTE was released, Ravens center John Urschel has decided to retire from football.
The 26-year-old center was drafted by the Ravens in 2014 and quickly made a name for himself with his life outside of football. Urschel developed a love for math and science. He has published six peer-reviewed mathematics papers. Forbes even honored Urschel by placing him on their latest “30 under 30” in the field of science. With three more mathematics papers on the way, and a doctorate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in progress, Urschel is making a tough but very respectable choice.
Earlier this year, Urschel appeared on an episode of “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” and said that he was committed to football and his love for the game outweighed the risk of injury. Things have clearly changed.
The latest report about CTE and player safety is said to have a role in Urschel’s decision. Over the past five years, more CTE research has surfaced and there’s been a wave of young players retiring to go with it.
With the offensive line depleted, Urschel was gearing up to compete for a chance to be the starting center in 2017. Baltimore will now have to look elsewhere to improve the line. They have until the week 1 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 10 to do so.
“This morning John Urschel informed me of his decision to retire from football,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “We respect John and his decision. We appreciate his efforts over the last three \years and wish him the best in all his future endeavors.”
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