The John Urschel story is still unfolding at Penn State.
Over and again, the fifth-year senior’s stunning academic achievements in mathematics have been heralded by Penn State officials and the media.
The thing is, Urschel also is making a serious push toward the NFL. Already recognized as one of the top offensive lineman in the Big Ten by the league’s coaches, he’s now finally devoting an entire summer to nearly nothing except becoming a better football player.
For once, there won’t even be hardly any academic “distractions” as he prepares for his final season as a Nittany Lion.
And, just maybe, he will even have a bit more time for his other pursuits.
Like playing blues on his Fender Stratocaster (a favorite band is the Black Keys) or sharpening his already impressive chess skills.
“I don’t worry about whether people view me as a really smart guy who plays football or as a football player that happens to be intelligent,” he said in an text message last week. “I enjoy what I do, and am lucky to be known for both.
“I just hope I’m perceived as more than just the sum of my parts.”
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