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John Urschel-NFL Math Whiz: Real Sports Full Segment (HBO)
John Urschel-NFL Math Whiz: Real Sports Full Segment (HBO)
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: HBO
John Urschel: The NFL
John Urschel: The NFL's Smartest Man | NFL Films Presents
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: NFL Films
Former Raven John Urschel Opens Up About Retirement, Concussions, Football, Math
Former Raven John Urschel Opens Up About Retirement, Concussions, Football, Math
Published: 2017/10/28
Channel: CBS Baltimore
John Urschel Abruptly Retires From NFL
John Urschel Abruptly Retires From NFL
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: WGRZ-TV
John Urschel: A Binary Life | NFL 360
John Urschel: A Binary Life | NFL 360
Published: 2016/11/12
Channel: NFL Network
Penn State Football - John Urschel Teaching Math
Penn State Football - John Urschel Teaching Math
Published: 2013/01/28
Channel: GoPSUtv
CHESS VS NFL LINEMAN/MIT STUDENT JOHN URSCHEL (Chess)
CHESS VS NFL LINEMAN/MIT STUDENT JOHN URSCHEL (Chess)
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Hutch
Fabiano Caruana vs John Urschel Chess Blitz Liberty Science Center Genius Gala 5.0
Fabiano Caruana vs John Urschel Chess Blitz Liberty Science Center Genius Gala 5.0
Published: 2016/05/25
Channel: Liberty Science Center
Amateur Hour: Chess Puzzles with John Urschel
Amateur Hour: Chess Puzzles with John Urschel
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: Daniel Rensch
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens' John Urschel Announces His Retirement At Age 26 | SI Wire | Sports Illustrated
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: Sports Illustrated
Did John Urschel retire due to a recent CTE study?
Did John Urschel retire due to a recent CTE study?
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: FOX Sports San Diego
John Urschel - Game Break
John Urschel - Game Break
Published: 2016/06/13
Channel: The Players' Tribune
John Harbaugh
John Harbaugh 'forbids' high-level math for Ravens players
Published: 2015/08/19
Channel: NFL
JJ WATT: GET CLOSER: BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS HEADPHONES
JJ WATT: GET CLOSER: BOSE QUIETCOMFORT 35 WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: NFL Commercials
John Urschel
John Urschel
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: STEM Meets World
John Urschel Talks Football, Math, and More W/ WHRB & G.I.I.M.
John Urschel Talks Football, Math, and More W/ WHRB & G.I.I.M.
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: Dogghouse Co.
NFL Player John Urschel Retired To Get A PhD From MIT And Drives A Used Hatchback | CNBC Make It.
NFL Player John Urschel Retired To Get A PhD From MIT And Drives A Used Hatchback | CNBC Make It.
Published: 2017/11/03
Channel: CNBC Make It.
John Urschel Battles Baltimore | Football is Family
John Urschel Battles Baltimore | Football is Family
Published: 2016/10/27
Channel: NFL
John Urschel Catch
John Urschel Catch
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: Jayme Y
John Urschel at OMHS
John Urschel at OMHS
Published: 2014/12/11
Channel: EagleTV
The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 - John Urschel
The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 - John Urschel
Published: 2014/05/05
Channel: Big Ten Network
#64 John Urschel, RG, Penn State vs Minnesota
#64 John Urschel, RG, Penn State vs Minnesota '13
Published: 2014/04/18
Channel: SportCutups
John Urschel Explains Algorithms
John Urschel Explains Algorithms
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Persado
Celebrity Chess Match: Hutch vs Urschel
Celebrity Chess Match: Hutch vs Urschel
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: Chess.com
Baltimore Raven, Math Wiz John Urschel Teaches STEM Summer Class
Baltimore Raven, Math Wiz John Urschel Teaches STEM Summer Class
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: CBS Baltimore
PLTW Summit 2016 | John Urschel
PLTW Summit 2016 | John Urschel
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: Project Lead The Way
Hand & Brain Chess Game 4: Amateur Hour with Rensch and Urschel
Hand & Brain Chess Game 4: Amateur Hour with Rensch and Urschel
Published: 2017/10/04
Channel: Daniel Rensch
John Urschel’s Mom Offers Perspective on Son Playing Football
John Urschel’s Mom Offers Perspective on Son Playing Football
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: NFFOnDemand
2017 Alumni Achievement Award: John C. Urschel ’12, ’13g
2017 Alumni Achievement Award: John C. Urschel ’12, ’13g
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: Penn State Alumni Association
John Urschel-Baltimore Ravens Math Whiz: Real Sports Trailer (HBO)
John Urschel-Baltimore Ravens Math Whiz: Real Sports Trailer (HBO)
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: HBO
NFL prospect eyes Ph.D. in mathematics
NFL prospect eyes Ph.D. in mathematics
Published: 2013/12/03
Channel: CBS Evening News
T&S: Does news of Urschel
T&S: Does news of Urschel's early retirement worry the NFL?
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: SPORTSNET
John Urschel - 2012 All-Big Ten
John Urschel - 2012 All-Big Ten
Published: 2012/11/27
Channel: GoPSUtv
Best Person in Sports: John C. Urschel
Best Person in Sports: John C. Urschel
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: FOX Sports
Ravens John Urschel Crunches Numbers With Baltimore Co. Students During Off Season
Ravens John Urschel Crunches Numbers With Baltimore Co. Students During Off Season
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: CBS Baltimore
John Urschel Explains a Graph
John Urschel Explains a Graph
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Persado
Urschel vs The World: Video Analysis Session 2
Urschel vs The World: Video Analysis Session 2
Published: 2016/06/17
Channel: Chess.com
John Urschel and IM Rensch vs The World: Analysis Session 3!
John Urschel and IM Rensch vs The World: Analysis Session 3!
Published: 2016/07/17
Channel: Daniel Rensch
John Urschel 40-Yard    Dash
John Urschel 40-Yard Dash
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: SportsFanatic101
John Urschel Joins Beaver Stadium Extra
John Urschel Joins Beaver Stadium Extra
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: GoPSUtv
John Urschel-A Gift from Flacco: Bonus Clip: Real Sports Bonus Clip (HBO)
John Urschel-A Gift from Flacco: Bonus Clip: Real Sports Bonus Clip (HBO)
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: HBO
John Urschel Explains Attribution
John Urschel Explains Attribution
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Persado
John Urschel’s Two Loves: Real Sports Bonus Clip (HBO)
John Urschel’s Two Loves: Real Sports Bonus Clip (HBO)
Published: 2017/01/25
Channel: HBO
The Student Athlete- John Urschel
The Student Athlete- John Urschel
Published: 2013/03/22
Channel: Elese Merkovsky
Penn State Football - John Urschel Wins 2013 Campbell Trophy
Penn State Football - John Urschel Wins 2013 Campbell Trophy
Published: 2013/12/11
Channel: GoPSUtv
RAVENS C JOHN URSCHEL TO RETIRE FROM NFL - MO
RAVENS C JOHN URSCHEL TO RETIRE FROM NFL - MO' PROBLEMS
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: IngravenVids
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john urschel
Published: 2014/01/13
Channel: Claudine Ewing
Full Game Review: John Urschel vs The World!
Full Game Review: John Urschel vs The World!
Published: 2016/08/26
Channel: Chess.com
John Urschel endorses Mathnasium
John Urschel endorses Mathnasium
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: Mathnasium of Columbus
John Urschel & Persado: Math Meets Marketing
John Urschel & Persado: Math Meets Marketing
Published: 2015/06/25
Channel: Persado
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John Urschel
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Urschel in 2015
No. 64
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1991-06-24) June 24, 1991 (age 26)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Buffalo (NY) Canisius
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 175
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Games played: 40
Games started: 13
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

John Cameron Urschel (born June 24, 1991) is a Canadian mathematician and retired professional American football guard and center.[1][2] He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Urschel played his entire NFL career with Baltimore before announcing his retirement on July 27, 2017, at 26 years old.

Urschel has bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Penn State and is pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT.[3][4] He has published peer-reviewed articles in mathematics.[5][6][7] He is an advanced stats columnist for The Players' Tribune.

Early life and education[edit]

Urschel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. His parents, John Urschel and Venita Parker, were a surgeon and an attorney respectively. He earned a bachelor's and master's in mathematics at Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, he was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy, known as the "academic Heisman".

Professional football career[edit]

2014 NFL draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3 in
(1.91 m)
313 lb
(142 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 38 in
(0.26 m)
5.31 s 34.5 s 5.7 s 7.55 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
30 reps 43
All values from NFL Combine[8]

Urschel was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft with the 175th overall pick. He played in 11 games, starting three, for the Ravens in 2014. He appeared in 16 games, starting seven, for the team in 2015.[9]

Retirement[edit]

On July 27, 2017, Urschel announced his retirement from the NFL after three seasons.[10][11] The Baltimore Sun reported that the JAMA study on the prevalence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in deceased players was a factor in Urschel's decision.[12]

Mathematics career[edit]

In 2015, Urschel co-authored a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics[13] titled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians". It includes "a cascadic multigrid algorithm for fast computation of the Fiedler vector of a graph Laplacian, namely, the eigenvector corresponding to the second smallest eigenvalue."[14]

Urschel began a Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT in 2016,[15] focusing on spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra, and machine learning.[16] On January 4, 2017, Urschel was named to Forbes' "30 under 30" list of outstanding young scientists. His Forbes biography states "Urschel has published six peer-reviewed mathematics papers to date and has three more ready for review. 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."[17][18]

As of 2017, Urschel has an Erdős number of 4.[19]

Chess hobby[edit]

Urschel competed in the 2015 Pittsburgh Open finishing 12th place (tied for 9th) with 3.0 points (+2-1=2) in the Under 1700 rating section.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baltimore Ravens: John Urschel". Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ http://math.mit.edu/~urschel/notices.pdf
  3. ^ "Ravens Lineman John Urschel Loves Math More Than You Love Anything". Deadspin. March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "John Urschel". Twitter. May 23, 2013. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ Alexandra Wolfe. "John Urschel: From the NFL to MIT". The Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2016. Accessed October 30, 2016.
  6. ^ Michael S. Rosenwald. "NFL's John Urschel has a brain made for math. And he's willing to risk it on the field.". The Washington Post, October 9, 2016. Accessed October 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ravens guard John Urschel to take on U.S. champion in chess - FOX Sports". May 18, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ "John Urschel". NFL.com. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ "John Urschel". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  10. ^ Mink, Ryan (July 27, 2017). "Genius Mathematician John Urschel Is Retiring From the NFL". BaltimoreRavens.com. 
  11. ^ Orr, Conor (July 27, 2017). "John Urschel tells Ravens he's retiring from NFL". NFL.com. 
  12. ^ Walker, Childs; Dance, Scott; Zrebiec, Jeff (July 27, 2016). "Concerned with long-term damage from head injuries, Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel retires". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  13. ^ Mullen, Jethro (March 22, 2015). "Unusual equation: Baltimore Ravens' guard John Urschel is a math whiz". CNN.com. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  14. ^ Urschel, John C.; Hu, Xiaozhe; Xu, Jinchao; Zikatanov, Ludmil T. (2015). "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" (PDF). Journal of Computational Mathematics. 33 (2): 209–226. doi:10.4208/jcm.1412-m2014-0041. 
  15. ^ Miller, Stephen D. (2016). "'I plan to be a great mathematician': An NFL Offensive Lineman Shows He's One of Us" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 63 (2): 148–151. doi:10.1090/noti1331. 
  16. ^ Clements, Ron (May 25, 2016). "Ravens guard John Urschel's straight-A streak continues at MIT". Sporting News. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ravens' John Urschel makes prestigious Forbes '30 Under 30' list". Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ "John Urschel". Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  19. ^ https://mathscinet.ams.org/mathscinet/freeTools.html?version=2
  20. ^ "2015 Pittsburgh Open". United States Chess Federation. November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 

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