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A bad concussion led John Urschel to reevaluate his career as an NFL pro. Robert Ito hears what happened next.

What’s the likelihood of an NFL player quitting football to pursue a PhD? In Somerville, Massachusetts, Robert Ito speaks to the offensive lineman-turned-mathematician who could calculate the exact probability—and hears about what it’s like when your career goal switches from getting touchdowns and being picked as a first-season starter to dreams of peer review publication and a professorship.

  • Words:
    Robert Ito
  • Photography:
    Ted Belton

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