Season 7, Episode 2 This week on Freakonomics Radio: John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. also getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Stephen J.Show More Summary
Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel abruptly retired after research paper published finding that 110 of 111 brains of NFL players studied had the degenerative brain disease CTE. Given that Urschel, an MIT Ph.D. student, is more qualified to assess such research than any other player in the NFL, many saw his retirement as a sign [more]
John Urschel retired after the 2016 season due to his focus on mathematics
It’s amazing that he pulled it off.
John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here’s the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the face of risk versus uncertainty. The post “How Much Brain Damage Do I Have?” appeared first on Freakonomics.
John Urschel left the NFL in July to continue his PhD candidacy at MIT. “It just felt like the right time to move on," he says.
John Urschel is too smart to have waited this long.
The smartest player in the NFL just made the smartest decision of his life.
The 26-year-old Baltimore Ravens Center will work full-time to pursue a doctorate from MIT Baltimore Ravens lineman John Urschel retired from football on Thursday in what some are calling a surprise move. The 26-year-old center, whoShow More Summary
Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel, 26, is retiring from the game after just three seasons in the NFL.
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 […]
John Urschel, the brilliant mathematician and Ravens offensive lineman who surprisingly announced his retirement today, says people shouldn’t read too much into his decision. Although many people interpreted Urschel’s retirement at age 26 as a sign that he fears brain damage on the field, Urschel released a statement saying he still loves football. “Thank you…
John Urschel, who pursued a doctorate in math at M.I.T. in his off-seasons, leaves the Baltimore Ravens a couple of days after report on concussions among athletes.
Urschel, who was competing for the starting center job, was concerned by brain disease.
Usually, players don’t get to choose when they retire from the NFL. NFL teams decide when they’re done. But most other players don’t have a fallback plan like John Urschel. Urschel, who played on the offensive line for three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, called it a career. Show More Summary
After starting 13 games in three seasons in Baltimore, John Urschel is devoting himself to math full-time
Something about playing professional football does not add up anymore for Baltimore Ravels offensive lineman John Urschel. On Thursday, just two days after a new study revealed increasing evidence connecting the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy to the highest levels of the game, the 26-year-old retired. Show More Summary
John Urschel abruptly announced his retirement Thursday, just two days after explosive findings from a CTE study were released.
Freshly-retired Ravens center John Urschel knows numbers. And it doesn’t take an advanced degree in mathematics to figure out the numbers that apply to his decision to retire. Urschel received a $144,560 signing bonus when joining the Ravens in 2014. The bonus prorated at $36,140 per year. With one year left on the contract, Urschel…
Offensive lineman John Urschel started 13 games for the Ravens over the last three seasons, but, in general, he has gotten more notice for his mathematical ability than his football ability. Urschel is going to have more time to crunch numbers in the near future. The Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has…