Baltimore Ravens John Urschel Knows “Xs” and “Os” and a Lot about Math

He recently co-authored a paper for an international math journal

John Urschel, a competitive chess player and a starting offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, has co-authored a research paper for the Journal of Computational Mathematics, a refereed publication sponsored by the Institute of Computational Mathematics and Scientific/Engineering Computing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The journal is published six times a year.

John Urschel

John Urschel teaching a class at Penn State University.

Urschel’s paper is titled “A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing  the Fiedler Vector Graph Laplacians.” He has published similar papers in other mathematical journals.

Urschel earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in math at Penn State University, where he also was co-captain of Penn State’s 2013 football team. Urschel is 6-foot-3 and weighs 302 pounds. If that wasn’t enough, he earned a 4.0 GPA.  He also taught trigonometry to undergraduates at Penn State.

The Ravens drafted him in 2014.

The 23-year-old Urschel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and attended high school in Buffalo, N.Y.

In 2013, he won both the William V. Campbell and the Senior Class Award for Football. He also won  the 84th AAU James E. Sullivan Award, which is given to the nation’s top amateur athlete.

Urschel recently completed in a competitive chess tournament in Pittsburgh.

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