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John Urschel: Just A Typical 23-Year-Old Guy

The man, the myth, the young and admirable legend.

John Urschel, the math wiz who achieved a 4.0 GPA in two Penn State degrees while also being a starting offensive lineman for the Nittany Lions, is a wonderful example of academics successfully weaving within athletics. During his time at the university, Urschel was named the “best person in sports” for this very reason. Since his graduation, Urschel was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, has been writing for The Players’ Tribune as an advanced stats columnist, and has even created a math scholarship at his beloved alma mater.

Last summer, as I was walking past the HUB on a bright, sunny day, a van drove up, parked on Pollock, and out stepped Coach Franklin alongside John Urschel. I was so overcome with shock and awe that, instead of asking for a photo with them, requesting an autograph, or even simply extending my best wishes and general congratulations, I just stared at them, dazed and wide-eyed, as I passed by.

Well, there’s good news! For those of you, just like myself, who are currently struggling through your early twenties and are generally confused with life, John Urschel is has just proven that he is just like the rest of us. Except–

–of course, there are a few differences.

In this hilarious and slightly cheeky video, Mashable has created a most unanticipated lineup between Urschel and Max Knoblauch, a Mashable writer. They may both be 23-years-old, but that is perhaps all that the two have in common.

Almost all of us can relate with Knoblauch, whose achievements, when stacked up against the sprawling accomplishments of Urschel, seem small and inconsequential in comparison. But, even with all of the academic and athletic feats tucked under his belt, Urschel continues to be one of the nicest Penn State alumni who could definitely kick your ass in a game of friendly flag football.

As Mashable writes, “Urschel is a freak of nature and we are nothing compared to him.”

Photo: The Players’ Tribune

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Jessica Myers

Jess graduated in May 2015, with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English, and with two minors in Latin and Art History. When she says she's "shippin' up to Boston," she's not just singing the song -- she's actually attending Northeastern University this fall to pursue her master's degree. You can follow her shenanigans at her site,


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