John Urschel, professional football player and mathematician, joins the show. John was recently selected in the 5th round by the Baltimore Ravens in this year's NFL draft. Last season, John was a Penn State football co-captain and as a student-athlete he achieved a 4.0 GPA while majoring in math. For his efforts, he won the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the top scholar athlete in Division one football. He recently proved the Urschel-Zikatanov Generalized Bisection Theorem and published his findings in the Journal of Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy.
On the show, John explains how he came to love the world of mathematics, and how his passion for football aligns with his commitment to academics. He also shares some of the lessons he's learned from veterans in OTAs and describes how he's preparing for the upcoming NFL season.
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