I was just watching PTI tonight and heard the story of John Urschel, former center of the Baltimore Raven who retired today to study for a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from MIT.
This makes me very happy.
Although the reason he is leaving the NFL at 26 is very sad.
He’s an incredibly smart man who loves “reading math, doing research, and playing chess”. None of which are expensive. But he’s worried about CTE, a chronic brain disease that affected 110 of 111 brains studied from NFL players in a recent New York Times article.
He loves his brain and his family more than football.
And it makes you wonder about the future of American football.
It can seriously impact the brain to have so many collisions.
I hope for great things for John Urschel.
And I hope we learn more about concussions and how to prevent them. Also the many small injuries that football players and I am sure players in other sports get.
And here is a great Real Sports piece about him. I really like this guy. And I am happy he is leaving the head injury dangers of the NFL and going to get his Ph.D. and be a wonderful professor and researcher somewhere.