Baltimore Ravens OL John Urschel Spending Offseason Working on PhD at MIT

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2016

via @JohnCUrschel

Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel is already two years into his NFL career but is still a student-athlete.

Urschel, according to his Nittany Lions profile, graduated from Penn State in three years with a 4.0 grade-point average in mathematics. He followed that up with his master's the next year with another 4.0 GPA. Not only was the offensive lineman playing football and routinely being named to conference/national All-Academic teams, but he also taught a section of a math course to undergraduate students.

Now he's going back to school.

The 24-year-old Urschel is spending the offseason working on his PhD in math. After spending his undergraduate career at State College, he will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Yeah, he is not your "stereotypical jock."

It's not uncommon for professional athletes to finish up their undergraduate degrees over the offseason, but you have to love seeing someone like Urschel—a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft—dedicated enough to work on a PhD during his professional career. He knows there will be life after football.

Urschel will have to find a way to balance academics and football this offseason, but given his track record, that probably won't be much of a problem.

[John Urschel]

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