ESPN Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel, a doctoral candidate in applied mathematics, abruptly announced his retirement from football at the age of 26 on Thursday, just before the first full-team practice of training camp. His decision, which was announced by the Ravens, comes two days after a medical study indicated that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was found in nearly 99 percent of deceased NFL players’ brains that were donated to scientific research. A team source said Urschel’s decision was linked to the results of the study.
Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel is universally known as the smartest man in the NFL, so when he decided to retire at the age of 26 after reviewing the results of a recent CTE study, it has to be alarming to other NFL players. The smartest man in the NFL retired, after reviewing the results of a study, which linked football to long term brain damage. Of course, John Urschel’s brain is much more valuable than any other NFL player, he is going to make plenty of money away from football and might save humanity by curing diseases or stopping an asteroid from hitting earth one day. We need John Urschel’s brain CTE free, way more than any other NFL player, so retirement is probably a good idea in this situation. For the majority of the other players in the NFL, the future of humanity does not depend on their brains, and they do not have incredible career opportunities away from football so they should keep earning millions on the field.