Off To New Beginnings: Baltimore Ravens OL Retires

Saving his beautiful mind, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel has decided to retire from football. He made this abrupt decision after an intensive study on the long-term affects of football on the brain, was conducted. The study revealed that CTE was found in 99% of players' brains that were donated to science after they passed away.

Urschel has decided to leave the league  because he's concerned for his health, mainly long-term damage from head injuries. The long term affects of CTE-Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are no joke, and Urschel isn't taking any chances. He's putting his health and future first! The good thing about his abrupt decision, is he has a great backup plan.

John has chosen to continue his studies of mathematics. Prior to being a professional athlete, the Buffalo native played football for Penn State University, and maintained a 4.0 grade point average. He graduated in three years, and was drafted in 2014 as a fifth round pick. Even though Urachel was in the NFL for just three years, he's very grateful for the opportunities that he's been granted. He and his fiancé are expecting their first child in December, and he couldn't be happier.

"It wasn't an easy decision, but I believe it was the right one for me. I'm excited to start working on my doctorate in mathematics full time at MIT. I'm looking forward to the chance to take courses that are only offered in the fall semester, while spending time with my fiancé and preparing myself for the new challenges that will come with fatherhood. We're expecting our first child in December."

~Ashley Lambert 
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