John Urschel may have the greatest mind in the NFL. He is a Ph.D candidate in mathematics at MIT and has published multiple research papers in his time there as well.
Now he is retiring from the NFL at 26, the Ravens announced Thursday.
“This morning John Urschel informed me of his decision to retire from football,” coach John Harbaugh said in a statement. “We respect John and respect his decision. We appreciate his efforts over the past three years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Kershaw, who is a leading candidate for both the National League Cy Young Award and MVP, walked straight to the team’s clubhouse following the second inning. He was replaced by Ross Stripling, who gave up an RBI double to Brandon Phillips in the top of the third.
Kershaw, who is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA, had lost some velocity on his fastball from the first to the second inning.
He may have been injured during a second-inning pitch to Braves catcher Tyler Flowers. Kershaw grimaced after throwing a pitch and his battery mate, Austin Barnes, saw Kershaw’s reaction and went out to the mound to speak with him. Flowers walked, but Kershaw struck out Matt Adams to end the inning.
Kershaw did miss 2 1/2 months last year because of a herniated disk in his lower back. It has not been an issue this season and he has not missed any time. It is unknown if Sunday’s lower back tightness was related to last year’s injury.