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25.07.2019 08:25
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John Urschel is loving life after the NFL.It’s been nearly two years since the offensive guard retired after just three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. The 6-foot-3 Ed Oliver Jersey , 300-pound Canadian left millions of dollars on the table to pursue his two loves — mathematics and time with his 16-month-old daughter, Joanna.“My mindset really changed over my time in the NFL,” Urschel told The Canadian Press by phone recently. “I’d become more passionate about math and started my Ph.D at MIT and every semester I had to leave it got tougher and tougher.“I’d also become a father and having a little one sort of changes your perspective. The most important things in my life are doing math at a really high level and raising my daughter being able to do both for a really long time.”That wasn’t always the case. Urschel said that in high school and at Penn State, football was a top priority, although a pro career necessarily wasn’t.The NFL was “a very late thing,” he said. “Very early on, what I dreamed of was being an offensive lineman in the Big Ten.“Let me tell you, playing at Penn State, starting at Penn State and getting all Big Ten honors my last two years there, that was like a dream come true for me. My years at Penn State where my happiest playing football in my life and really shaped me as a person.”The NFL came calling in 2014 when Baltimore selected Urschel in the fifth round, No. 175 overall. Urschel appeared in 40 games with the Ravens, starting 13.He suffered a concussion during practice in 2015 shortly after being accepted at MIT. He resumed playing but said leaving the game healthy was a big reason why he retired early.“You play in the league for a long time and you can’t walk when you’re 50,” he said. “I’m looking at some of these mathematicians, these 60-, 70-year-old guys walking around, they’re sharp, they’re teaching math.“I don’t want to be some guy when I’m 50 who can’t walk around a classroom or my shoulder is so bad I can’t do a lecture and write something on the chalkboard. Yes, everyone focuses on the head , but for me it’s really about the whole body.”Two years later, Urschel couldn’t be happier.“I’m loving my life right now,” he told the CP. “I’m finishing my Ph.D in math at MIT, I’ve got one more year left and my daughter is running around and talking a lot.“I’m trying to teach her how to count but she’s a little resistant. She knows all the names of the pieces on a chess board, 20 different animals but for some reason counting she’s not feeling it yet. So, yeah, everything is good over here. I’m very happy I retired exactly where I did.”Urschel grew up in Buffalo, New York, with his mother, a lawyer. Urschel’s parents separated when he was 3. His father is a thoracic surgeon who also played linebacker at the University of Alberta.Since retiring Urschel also co-authored his memoir, “Mind and Matter,” with his wife, Louisa Thomas, a journalist.“I wanted to write a book detailing my journey and experiences with mathematics,” he said. “I wanted to share my love of math and also perhaps train certain peoples’ thinking about math and show them some of the beauty, elegance and importance of mathematics.“Penguin Books loved the idea but really convinced me that just doing a memoir about mathematics would really be doing myself and the audience a disservice. So that’s how the book in its final form came to be, sort of a true memoir of my life from childhood until I retired from the NFL. I must say, they were absolutely right.”Urschel called the process of putting pen to paper Devin Singletary Jersey , “amazing.”“Louisa was really the driving force who really helped with the narrative and talking about the finer points of my life and football,” he said. “But for me, detailing mathematics, my experiences with mathematics and trying to explain that to a broad audience, that’s my bread and butter.”Once he has his doctorate, Urschel has a definite career path.“Academia,” he said. “I love research, I love going into the office and trying to solve really hard, open problems, I love learning new things.“I’ve also found I really love teaching and inspiring young people with mathematics. I’m really looking forward to being a professor. When you can help someone learn and understand something, that’s such an amazing feeling.”Urschel doesn’t really miss football but that’s not necessarily a slight on the game.“I’m not really the type of person to miss something, it’s not in my nature,” he said. “I’m a very forward-looking person.“I’m just so happy with all the things I’m doing right now that I don’t really look back and say, ‘Man, I miss this, I miss that.’ If I had it all over to do again, I don’t think I’d change a thing. … I’m very pleased with the major decisions in my life.” PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin increasingly talks about “position-less” football and the ever growing need to find players who can’t just do one thing, but many.Ryan Shazier might have been the embodiment of that movement until a spinal injury suffered in December 2017 halted the star linebacker’s career just as it was ascending.After waiting a season turning to experienced players while trying to fill a void that is in many ways unfillable Kyler Murray Jersey , the Steelers didn’t sit on their hands hoping Michigan’s Devin Bush would fall to them with the 20th overall. They attacked.The aggressive and decidedly un-Steelerlike choice to move up 10 spots in a trade with Denver to make sure they landed the do-everything Bush is a testament to both the organization’s belief in his talent and the team’s very pressing need to find a difference-maker next to inside linebacker Vince Williams.“If he helps us win a Super Bowl then it was a good pick,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. “Does he have the capabilities? We believe so. He can play the run. He can cover. He can rush the passer. He’ll be a special teams contributor. He’s an awesome kid and has great football intelligence. … Where it goes, we’ll see.”Whether Pittsburgh’s 2019 draft will eventually be viewed as a success or a failure depends on it.The previous time the Steelers traded up in the first round was in 2003 when they jumped 11 slots to snag safety Troy Polamalu, a move that helped pave the way to three Super Bowl appearances (two victories) and will likely end with Polamalu in the Hall of Fame. It’s far too early to put Bush in such company, but his arrival should give the defense a serious jolt of athleticism and swagger.“Trading up 10 spots is obviously never heard and they haven’t done it in a while or are really not used to doing it,” Bush said. “Just to be able to do that, it really shows a lot of what they think about me and what they want me to do for this organization.”Pittsburgh split its remaining eight picks between offense and defense, addressing the departure of All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and three-time Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell while also providing the secondary with a dash of size and finding some depth at tight end and along the defensive line.A flurry of late-round picks focused on players who can fit in at multiple positions will help provide depth, even if the players selected never play a down of meaningful football, in Pittsburgh anyway.“You need to provide as many avenues as you can for those guys to make your team, or impact your team,” Tomlin said.WHO THEY GOTBush will get most of the attention because he figures to get mixed in almost immediately with Williams and veteran Mark Barron — who signed as a free agent — after the Steelers cut linebacker Jon Bostic on Saturday shortly after the draft ended.Wide receiver Diontae Johnson out of Toledo shares a ton of similarities with Brown, while 6-foot-2 cornerback Justin Layne could provide a physical presence on the outside. Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. was relentlessly productive for the Wildcats and joins a group that includes James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. Tight end Zach Gentry from Michigan provides some depth after Jesse James left for the Detroit Lions.The Steelers took a pair of linebackers (Sutton Smith and Ulysees Gilbert III) in the sixth round sandwiched between mammoth Alabama defensive end Isaiah Buggs. Offensive lineman Derwin Gray gives Pittsburgh a big body to throw in the mix after veteran Marcus Gilbert was traded to Arizona.SURPRISE MOVEThe Steelers don’t do bold often. Jumping up to grab Bush was a bit out of character but a move the team needed to make. While Shazier continues to make inspirational progress, it’s uncertain at best if he’ll ever play again. Drafting Bush was an important step toward moving on.HOW THEY DIDWhile Colbert talks about not drafting for “need” it’s kind of tough to look at the top four picks and not draw a straight line to positions where the team needed impactful guys. Johnson can line up all over the field and return kicks (much in the way Brown did when he arrived as a sixth-round choice in 2010). Layne will join a secondary that picked off just five passes last season. Snell’s workhorse mentality will help the Steelers find spots to rest Conner, who wore down late in the year.WHAT’S NEXT?The Steelers chose to go all in on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger when they signed the 37-year-old to an extension that runs through the 2021 season. The window to win another Super Bowl during Roethlisberger’s highly successful tenure is open but will require Bush and Johnson to learn quickly.If Layne can force his way onto the field, too, that will only help a defense that had no trouble getting to the quarterback but struggled to produce turnovers.

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