Report: Ravens’ Zach Orr to retire at age 24

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After becoming a starter and having his best season in 2016, Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is planning to retire, at age 24.

Orr decided to retire despite the Ravens attempting to talk him out of it, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. According to Mike Garafolo, Orr played through a cracked bone in his shoulder late last season. He did not miss a game until Week 17, after the Ravens had been eliminated from playoff contention. The Ravens said he missed the finale because of a neck injury.

Just yesterday a report surfaced that Orr and the Ravens were making progress on talks for a new contract, but that is apparently not the case.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas in 2014, Orr was at first primarily a special teams player but had a strong season last year on defense and appeared to have a bright future in the NFL. Now he appears ready to walk away.

60 responses to “Report: Ravens’ Zach Orr to retire at age 24

  1. Shame for the game, but Football is a tough tough game. No shame in walking while you have a future ahead of you.

    Good luck going forward.

    Signed: Not a Ravens Fan

  2. If this is the same guy I’m thinking of, this is a big blow to the Ravens. Wasn’t he one of their best defenders, flying all over the field making plays? Tough break for Ravens fans.

  3. Well, if the team is not ready to pay what Orr thinks is enough to put his long term health on the line, I can understand him walking away. Best of luck to him.

  4. snowdood163 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:45 AM
    Right when he’s about to cash in on a contract after being an udfa? Something doesn’t add up here.
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    I read it was a serious neck injury. Cashing in on a big time contract isn’t worth the risk if you already have an injured neck. Makes me think of Andy Katzenmoyer, maybe 15 years ago. Injured his neck. Tried to come back the following year, and after like 2 days of training camp he knew he couldn’t continue playing because of his neck. Maybe that’s where Orr is at.

  5. “Right when he’s about to cash in on a contract after being an udfa? Something doesn’t add up here.”

    Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.

  6. I hate when people bash a guy for walking away from money. All the money in the world dosen’t mean a thing if you don’t have your health.

  7. flaccojumpball says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:45 AM
    This hurts a bit. Good thing our defense can withstand it. Most teams couldn’t

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    If you enjoy not making the playoffs 2 years in a row and settling on mediocrity as a Ravens fan, than i agree losing a young starting LB is something that can be withstood…

    To say the Pats “withstood” losing Jamie Collins this year would be a more fair observation in my opinion…

    Enjoy the games this weekend!!!

  8. Good for him. People like Ed Reed and Peyton Manning continued to play despite serious injuries that one hit could have crippled them. Everyone has to make their own decision in these cases and seeing as he’s still young enough I don’t blame him one bit. Good luck, Mr. Orr.

  9. rideforjesus says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:42 AM
    WAS HE LISTED EACH WEEK ON THE INJURY REPORT???
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    I gather you did not read the part about him suffering the injury in the next to last game of the season.

  10. Anyone that’s ever had any type of neck injury will tell you it is a scary thing.

    Now imagine having a neck injury and having to use your head to tackle 250lbs men.

    Smart move for this young man and I wish him the best.

  11. Do you understand that he’s walking away after making chump change, UDFA do no t make a lot, he is going to have to work a normal 9-5 just like the rest of us now. Problem even more since he will have to pay for all his own medical expense now

    twinfan24 says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:45 AM
    Well, if the team is not ready to pay what Orr thinks is enough to put his long term health on the line, I can understand him walking away. Best of luck to him.

  12. I read it was a serious neck injury. Cashing in on a big time contract isn’t worth the risk if you already have an injured neck.
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    Peyton Manning did. The ink was still wet on his record contract when he happened to mention (Oh by the way….) he had to get his neck fused back together. He got paid in 2011 which was the first year of his new record contract but he never played a down for the Colts ever again.

    Hi-Way robbery yet nobody called him out on it because he was the #1 corporate cash cow for the NFL.

  13. Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.

    ____________________

    So speaks the right wing authoritarian coward and Trump voter.

  14. i guess hes injured, not just hurt like most guys. but something tells me hed heal pretty quickly if they signed a elite healer to play qb like tebow.

    the silver lining in all this is that by openning a spot for another guy, it makes him a job creator. that said, i hope the league fights him tooth and nail if he trys to collect a pension.

  15. Bo Jackson’s comments recently haven’t helped the NFL and now former Jets DE Mark Gastineau has stated he is suffering from concussion syndrome as well as Parkinsons Disease and dementia.
    NFL players quitting while they are young is going to increase. The NFL is very worried about this, for sure.

    I will say it again. We all saw what DB Leon Hall’s helmet did to Jordy Nelson’s ribs. It broke two of them and Nelson said it was the worst pain he’s ever felt. That’s because the helmet’s outer shell is like a bowling ball — as hard as concrete. It should be made of leather so there’s some give to it instead of the hard plastic (polycarbonate alloy) that it’s made from.
    I saw an engineer on the evening news a number of years ago who had developed a helmet made of leather. He performed numerous tests with the helmet and showed that his helmet protected the wearer and the wearer’s opponent much better than the helmets used today.
    He was trying to sell it to the NFL but said he was up against it because the NFL and the helmet manufacturers (Xenith and Riddell at that time) have big contracts with the NFL already.
    What would it hurt for the NFL to look at alternatives including this guy’s helmet to find the best helmet there is? I ask you, which would you rather get hit by, one of the plastic helmets used by the NFL now, or a helmet which is made from leather? I’ll take the leather one any day.
    One again, the NFL puts on a big front that they care about the players’ safety — but we all know better.

  16. “thefatlazygamer says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:53 AM
    “Right when he’s about to cash in on a contract after being an udfa? Something doesn’t add up here.”

    Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.”

    Yeah, but we millenials know what a run-on sentence is, and how to avoid them.

  17. The bone was cracked “late last season”, not in the last game. He missed the last game (as they were out of the playoffs), but he should have been on the injury report before that.

  18. Maybe Ashley Manning could help him out? In all seriousness it’s smart of him to walk away from football. After having a neck injury there’s no need to risk further injury. Not that long ago David Pollock did the same thing. Hopefully this kid paid attention in college and has an education to fall back on

  19. He probably got tired of walking past that shrine to a murderer every time he went to work.

    I know I would.

  20. He could have worked out a decent deal for himself and then just sat out with injury each week. He chose not to do that,good character.

  21. “Yeah, but we millenials know what a run-on sentence is, and how to avoid them.”

    No wonder millennials are always tired… it must be exhausting to be offended at everything, including run-on sentences on a message board. Don’t worry though, when I write my book, I will avoid them.

    Also, it is fitting that a millennial does not know how to spell millennial. Just proves my point, much like all of the overly emotional thumbs down you all gave my original post. It all makes me smile.

  22. thefatlazygamer says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:53 AM

    “Right when he’s about to cash in on a contract after being an udfa? Something doesn’t add up here.”

    Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.
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    Do you often go around identifying yourself as a moron? The guy suffered a neck injury and decided it was no longer worth the risk to play. Your inane rant about “millennials” is pointless.

  23. thefatlazygamer says:

    Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.
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    Or he has a congenital neck condition and could wind up not walking anymore. But yeah, you’re probably right. Now tell me what you do in life that’s as violent as playing NFL linebacker.

  24. Every generation bashes the newer generations as being soft and lazy. I’m from Generation X and the generation before us said the world was going to hell because we watched so much MTV, skated, and played arcade games. Guess what, the world didn’t implode and our generation invented the internet as we know it today. Millennials will be fine.

  25. thefatlazygamer says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:53 AM
    “Right when he’s about to cash in on a contract after being an udfa? Something doesn’t add up here.”

    Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.

    ———————

    Or maybe he, you know, doesn’t want to get paralyzed.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 20, 2017 11:05 AM
    Charmin soft

    If Orr had been soft he would have been playing for your Jets, not the Ravens.

  27. granadafan says:
    Jan 20, 2017 11:31 AM
    Every generation bashes the newer generations as being soft and lazy. I’m from Generation X and the generation before us said the world was going to hell because we watched so much MTV, skated, and played arcade games. Guess what, the world didn’t implode and our generation invented the internet as we know it today. Millennials will be fine.
    ———-
    I’m also a Gen Xer. We did NOT invent the internet. Project started in the 1960’s long before any of us Gen Xers were born. Gen X (I’m a Gen X) are also the worst and laziest parents in the history of the United States of America. We’d rather watch TV and let a second TV raise our offspring. We have no one to blame but ourselves but then we don’t take criticism well either. We also like to blame everyone on someone else instead of being accountable for our own actions.

  28. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jan 20, 2017 11:05 AM

    Charmin soft
    ________________________________

    I know it’s difficult, but you stuck with it and managed to come up with the “D-Bag Comment of the Day”! Congratulations on a job well done. There are very few that would accuse the leading tackler on an NFL team of being “soft” for retiring based on doctors’ advice, but you’re not afraid to go there.

  29. “Or maybe he, you know, doesn’t want to get paralyzed.”

    This is the bottom line. How much $$ would make being a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic a palatable option for any of us?

  30. thefatlazygamer says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:53 AM
    “Right when he’s about to cash in on a contract after being an udfa? Something doesn’t add up here.”

    Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.

    ——————————————————————-

    Millennials emotional reactions to problems are no different than previous generations, it is not the generation, it is the stage of life that people are in. I am a Gen X and older generations bashed us when we were in our early 20’s as well. The older you get the more you forget what you were like when you were young. The older I get, the more I understand that you need money and should not throw it away but I also understand the older I get that health is just as important. Maybe the guy has other skills or opportunities to make money, maybe he just isn’t passionate about football, maybe he played through complete agony this season that nobody can comprehend. I respect his decision and wish him well.

  31. kenberthiaume says: Jan 20, 2017 10:49 AM

    The bone was cracked “late last season”, not in the last game. He missed the last game (as they were out of the playoffs), but he should have been on the injury report before that.
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    Per Jamison Hensley –
    Orr suffered a neck stinger in the Week 16 game at Pittsburgh and continued to experience pain in his neck. An MRI showed a herniated disk, which sidelined him for the final game.
    ============================
    Orr Did suffer his injury in the next to last game. He was on the injury report and sat out the next week. There was no violation of the injury reporting rules so everyone can stop asking.

  32. Neck injuries are a scary thing. I had a friend in the NFL who played free/strong safety and dished out a lot of hits. He only played about 6 years and had to retire after a serious neck injury after he had just become a starter that season (playing mostly special teams to that point in his career) so it was pretty heartbreaking.

  33. Dreaded Parakeet says:
    Jan 20, 2017 3:22 PM

    Very nebulous. Why is he stepping away from the game.
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    Dude, try to keep up. He has a congenital neck condition that was discovered after a neck injury. He is retiring due to doctors’ advice.

  34. Millennials are highly unpredictable due to their reliance on emotional reactions to solve problems since they were not taught how to logically solve problems in school because they might be exposed or be forced to learn, which violates their safe space bubbles which must be around them at all times.
    ____________________

    So speaks the right wing authoritarian coward and Trump voter.
    _____________________

    what does that even mean?

  35. Better to leave the game on your own two feet with a healthy future ahead, than on a stretcher with a lifetime of paralysis in your future. Smart young man.

  36. getyourownname says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:57 AM
    rideforjesus says:
    Jan 20, 2017 9:42 AM
    WAS HE LISTED EACH WEEK ON THE INJURY REPORT???
    ****************

    I gather you did not read the part about him suffering the injury in the next to last game of the season.

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    Well, if YOU read it, you read it WRONG. It doesn’t say anything about the next to last game of the season. It says he played through his late season injury until the last game, after the Ravens were eliminated.

  37. I think you need to check with your source Ian, he reported incorrectly that the Ravens tried to talk him out of retirement. He is unable to pass a physical and can not play in the NFL again. There really was no decision to make

  38. Story is wrong: Ravens did NOT try to talk him into changing his mind.

    And the injury occurred in Week 16 against the Steelers. Orr was out of the game in Week 17. So proper protocol was followed.

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