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From the Nfl to Mit: The Double Life of John ­rschel

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John Urschel

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There are about 1,700 professional football players in the United States, and thousands of people pursuing Ph.D.s in math. In 2017, a diagram of those two sets overlaps in exactly one place.

John Urschel is an offensive lineman with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, a three-year pro with 40 regular-­season games played and a couple of playoff starts on his football résumé. He is also a doctoral candidate in math at MIT who has passed his qualifying exams and has nine published or accepted research papers on his academic résumé.

Why is a highly paid pro football player grinding through problems in the math study room? 

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