Relatively cheap for John Urschel to retire from the Ravens

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Freshly-retired Ravens center John Urschel knows numbers. And it doesn’t take an advanced degree in mathematics to figure out the numbers that apply to his decision to retire.

Urschel received a $144,560 signing bonus when joining the Ravens in 2014. The bonus prorated at $36,140 per year. With one year left on the contract, Urschel owes the Ravens $36,140 upon retirement.

In contrast, 49ers linebacker Chris Borland owed (and repaid) $463,077 when he retired after only one season.

Borland has predicted more early retirements. Although some in the media have tried to wedge other retirements into the “early retirement due to head injuries” box, it hasn’t become a trend.

12 responses to “Relatively cheap for John Urschel to retire from the Ravens

  1. I’m seeing a lot of media outlets trying to link the timing of this to the CTE study.

    You know, because a PHD candidate had absolutely no idea that concussions were bad for you prior to that, right?

  2. Got to love guys whose career it is to sit behind a computer and judge the lives other who get concussed and have their bones broken for a living.

    Maybe writers don’t like it when players retire early because it hurts their product? Trust me, good teams get all the clicks and ad revenue on sports mediums.

  3. For those who think that having brains and being in the NFL are mutually exclusive, Google Leland D. Melvin. (My God, he played for Dallas!) CNN has some YouTube videos of him as well. THESE are the guys one would hope that the media would prop up, not the ones that you hear about with their $495 shoes.

  4. You don’t have to be a M.I.T. mathematics professor to understand that playing a sport that subjects individuals to repeated brain trauma of varying degrees of intensity is bad for your health.

    Unfortunately… 76% of NFL fans didn’t make it thru college (Scarborough Research Data On NFL Fan Demographics – 2006).

    47% of NFL fans are just high school graduates or less (based on same 2006 NFL demographics study).

    So… having an educated conversation about a complex scientific topic with the majority of NFL fans is pretty pointless.

  5. He is one of the few NFL players who could hold his own in a conversation with Neil Tyson Degrasse. Good luck to him.

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