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Why would super-smart John Urschel play football? He wrote an essay about his answer

Canisius High graduate and Williamsville native John Urschel is gaining more renown for being one very smart football player.

The Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman, who won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, has attracted attention of late for recently co-authoring a paper in the Journal of Computational Mathematics.

He also had an essay published last week in The Players' Tribune titled "Why I Still Play Football."

Urschel writes, following the sudden, early retirement of Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers, that he understands that the game may be harmful to his brain, but that "I love hitting people."

Read his entire essay at The Players' Tribune.

Urschel, who won the Campbell Trophy at Penn State for his excellence on the football field and the classroom, was a Buffalo News All-Western New York first team selection and Trench Trophy winner in 2008.

Previous News coverage of Urschel:

* NFL Draft story, May 2014: "Ravens make smart choice and draft Urschel."

* Feature story in 2013: "Math meets football as Canisius grad excels on and off the field at Penn State."

* Committing to Penn State in 2009 plus "More on Urschel's committment to Penn State" (you have to scroll down a bit on the page)


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