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Ravens' John Urschel did the math and put his future over football

Ravens' John Urschel did the math and put his future over football

Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel knew the risks, but he kept playing anyway. He knew he was putting his body — and most importantly, his mind — in jeopardy. But he loved the thrill of the game, the “rush you get when you go out on the field, lay everything on the line and physically dominate the player across from you.”

That’s what Urschel wrote in March 2015, responding to former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland’s sudden retirement at age 24 in a Players’ Tribune blog post titled “Why I Still Play Football.” On Thursday, Urschel announced his own retirement at age 26 after three...

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