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Ph.D. Candidate & Ravens Lineman John Urschel Retires At The Age of 26 After CTE Study
John Urschel was drafted in the 5th round by the Baltimore Ravens. No one could have known that 2016 would be the last time he would ever step foot on a football field.
The Baltimore Ravens lineman decided to hang up his cleats and call it a career at the age of 26-years-old. While he did participate in offseason workouts and was slated to compete to start at center, he decided to pursue his other passions which aren’t as physically taxing.
While at Penn State, he was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, known as the “academic Heisman”. Not only that, he’s a Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
His decision came after a recent report on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) study. The results from the study played a role in Urschel’s retirement, according to ESPN.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh released the following statement regarding the decision:
“This morning John Urschel informed me of his decision to retire from football. We respect John and respect his decision. We appreciate his efforts over the past three years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”