Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel to retire

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 1: Guard John Urschel
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 1: Guard John Urschel /

After just three seasons in the National Football League, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel declared that he will retire.

The latest Baltimore Ravens news continues to take a turn for the worse as offensive lineman John Urschel announced his retirement after just three seasons in the NFL, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun.

The 26-year-old from Penn State informed the Ravens of his plan to retire the morning of the Ravens first day of training camp.

The news comes just days after the Ravens lost running back Kenneth Dixon for the season with a torn medial meniscus. To make matters worse, Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco is expected for miss 3-6 weeks due to an injured back.

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Through his three seasons with the Ravens, Urschel appeared in 40 games and started 13 of those games. In addition, Urschel had the chance this season to become the Ravens starting center after the Ravens traded center Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers during the offseason.

Ultimately, Urschel’s life isn’t just all about football. The Penn State alum has other remarkable accomplishments off the field that includes features in Forbes 30 under 30 and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and a captivating piece on the Players’ Tribune.

The now former Ravens lineman has attended Massachusetts Insitute of Technology the past two offseasons as he works towards obtaining his Ph.D. in applied mathematics. So far, Urschel has earned nothing but straight-A’s in his incredible journey to earning his Ph.D.

Now with Urschel off the Ravens roster, Zrebiec suggests the Ravens may make a push to acquire free agent center and former New York Jets player Nick Mangold.

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As for now, Ravens sixth-round pick from the 2013 NFL draft Ryan Jensen, along with rookies Matt Skura and Brandon Kublanow will compete for the center position in training camp.