Dannell Ellerbe

Ravens' Zachary Orr announces retirement because of neck injury

Ravens' Zachary Orr announces retirement because of neck injury

Zachary Orr had already broken down several times over the past couple of weeks. It happened not long after he learned the sobering truth — his football career was over because of a congenital neck/spine condition. It happened just two days ago after he got off the phone with former Ravens teammate Steve Smith Sr., a 37-year-old who recently retired on his own terms.

Orr wasn’t about to let it happen Friday. The 24-year-old, who morphed from an undrafted free agent to a starting weak-side linebacker and the Ravens’ top tackler in 2016, announced his retirement from the NFL after just three seasons without a hint of bitterness or regret.

“One thing that helped me be at peace...

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