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John Urschel Retires from the NFL

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The former Penn State star has decided to hang up his cleats for good.

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Former Penn State guard, who was known for his fierce play on the interior line and incredible academic accomplishments, has decided to retire from the NFL. The Baltimore Ravens standout informed the team of his decision this morning, as reported by Adam Schefter.

There’s no doubt that Urschel will have plenty of options available in his post-football career. Easily on of the most intelligent football players in the history of the NFL, Urschel is currently a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, and has achieved a 4.0 while balancing coursework with a pro football career. His many academic achievements were well-documented during his time in State College, and Urschel even taught calculus classes while still playing for the Nittany Lions.

Urschel was a 2014 draft pick by the Ravens, and played all three of his NFL seasons in Baltimore.

While not giving any details after his announcement, speculation could lead to the recent NFL CTE study (that showed 99% of the brains donated had the condition) as a reason for his early retirement.

We wish John good luck in his future endeavors, and may his other passion bear as much success as the one he’s stepping away from, and more!