Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel, center, talks to incoming freshmen at Franklin High School. He studies for his Ph.D from MIT during the offseason. (Video by Kenneth K. Lam)
What do Ravens guard John Urschel, a Stanford student who is designing algorithms to "identify mechanisms in tumor-driven immunosuppression," and an assistant professor who's working on the development of small flying robots so that they can "operate by themselves" all have in common?
(You mean, aside from making you feel like you haven't accomplished anything?)
They all were among those named to Forbes' "30 under 30" in the field of science. At 25, Urschel is among the youngest on the list. He's also the only one whose day job involves trying to knock heavily padded 300-pounders to the ground.
John Urschel, offensive lineman for the Ravens and doctoral math student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pulled up a white stool with pink hearts drawn on it, sat in the front of a classroom and tried to tell a room of 14-year-olds he was once just like them.
"Urschel has published six peer-reviewed mathematics papers to date and has three more ready for review," his Forbes profile notes. "That's a respectable publication history for someone who only started pursuing their PhD at MIT this year. He's won academic awards for his math prowess. All this while playing guard for the Baltimore Ravens."