Being a football player is a dream for many children in America. Though one has a slim chance of getting drafted in the NFL, there’s no shortage of people trying their darndest to achieve such a feat.

If one is actually able to realize this ultimate dream, then playing in the NFL is often sufficient enough. After all, they’ve made it to the big leagues, with big endorsements and big signing bonuses to follow. However, this is not enough for every professional football player. Some have a hard time giving up their life and dreams off the field once they finally make it.

John Urschel is a guard for the Baltimore Ravens, and has greatly excelled at his position. He went from a fifth-round draft pick to the starting lineup of the team.

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Urschel is paid millions of dollars to protect the Ravens’ quarterback, Joe Flacco. He is also known for having one of the most brilliant minds in the game of football.

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Despite being a 300+ pound monster of a man, Urschel is also a bit of a math whiz.

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Actually, he is one of the leading mathematical minds of our time. He has been published in many scholarly journals devoted to the subject.

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His most recent work, “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians,” was published in the Journal of Computational Mathematics.

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Try to understand it. I dare you. There is significantly more to NFL players than one might think. For instance, Urschel plans on becoming a math scholar once his NFL career is over. Until then, he plans on smashing his way through defenders and protecting his quarterback.

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