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Left_Side!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:01 am    Post subject: Ravens LB Zach Orr Retiring Reply with quote

Reported by NFL Network shortly ago. Orr is retiring at age 24 and was the teams leading tackler this past season.

Another young player retiring early, seems this trend will continue due to health risks.



Updated: Ian Rapoport is reporting that Orr "Is retiring because of a serious injury"
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what the game is now. It's sad, but I don't blame anybody for getting out. The brain injuries are scary.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently he has a congenital neck condition that was recently discovered. It's not just a generic fear of the dangers of the nfl. Obviously, putting his health first is the smart and most important thing.

Football-wise it sucks for the Ravens. Him and Mosley in the middle was one of the best things about our team this year. He was a guy who signed as an undrafted free agent and the coaching staff loved from the first preseason. Worked up from special teams to be a do-it-all starter at ILB this year. He was due a big payday soon; I was predicting him to get one this offseason. It's not like he's super set for life 3 years through an UDFA rookie deal.

Orr won the "Good Guy" award from the Baltimore media this year and by all accounts he was that. Terrible news.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ravens tried to talk him out of it, Even tried to extend him according to some reports. But he put his health before anything else, I respect that and will miss him dude was a beast in coverage. Stay healthy man.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OleXmad wrote:
The ravens tried to talk him out of it, Even tried to extend him according to some reports. But he put his health before anything else, I respect that and will miss him dude was a beast in coverage. Stay healthy man.


Ozzie and Harbs are at the press conference. Doesn't sound like "talking him out of it" was an option. He wasn't going to pass a physical.

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Orr said during the press conference that he was reading reports that the Ravens tried to talk him out of retiring but he said those reports are not true at all.


http://www.baltimorebeatdown.com/2017/1/20/14336620/no-the-ravens-did-not-try-to-talk-zach-orr-out-of-retiring?utm_campaign=baltimorebeatdown&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Yea, that was an irresponsible and bogus report from Ian Rappaport. Didn't pass the sniff test that a team could/would ask a player with a congenital spine issue to keep playing. Orr is retiring because he has no choice. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really crappy news. He came into his own as a player this season, and was surely going to be getting a decent contract in the next year or so. But I'm just glad that the doctors picked up on this before it became an issue.

He apparently wants to go into coaching, so I hope Ozzie and Harbs use their collective contacts to get him an opportunity. A UDFA who made a team and worked his way up to being a starter surely has the smarts and the determination to succeed as a coach.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man that's tough, sounds like he was a hard worker and good player on and off the field. Hopefully he can get into coaching like one of the posters said.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Orr's agent, Rob Sheets, said neck specialist Andrew Dossett informed Orr two weeks ago of his condition -- his C1 vertebra was only 80 percent formed -- and that he would be unable to pass a physical to play football again, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.

"(Dossett) hadn't even closed the door, and Zach turned to me and said, 'Are you going to be OK?'" Sheets said, per Garafolo. "The kid was about to get the most traumatic information he'd receive in his life and the first thought he had was for his agent, not himself. If that doesn't speak to the character of the man, I don't know what does."


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000776842/article/zach-orr-retires-due-to-congenital-neckspine-condition

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wackywabbit wrote:
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Orr's agent, Rob Sheets, said neck specialist Andrew Dossett informed Orr two weeks ago of his condition -- his C1 vertebra was only 80 percent formed -- and that he would be unable to pass a physical to play football again, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported.

"(Dossett) hadn't even closed the door, and Zach turned to me and said, 'Are you going to be OK?'" Sheets said, per Garafolo. "The kid was about to get the most traumatic information he'd receive in his life and the first thought he had was for his agent, not himself. If that doesn't speak to the character of the man, I don't know what does."


http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000776842/article/zach-orr-retires-due-to-congenital-neckspine-condition

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The plus side is he at least got a chunk of cash in return for playing a sport he presumably loved for several years. $1.533 million if invested properly will let him have a comfortable, relatively stress free life if he continues to work in some capacity.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

La Canfora was reporting last night that the Ravens were going to sign him to an extension and that's what the press conference today was about...

https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/822279587627462661

Sucks for Orr, hopefully he was good with his finances and will be set going forward.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's horrible. The type of player that everyone roots for, but he's doing what's right for him and his future.

Can't argue with that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TitanLegend wrote:
La Canfora was reporting last night that the Ravens were going to sign him to an extension and that's what the press conference today was about...

https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/822279587627462661

Sucks for Orr, hopefully he was good with his finances and will be set going forward.

It's unfortunate and you hate to see a kid with such a bright future playing this game, have to give it up. His decision to responsibly put his health/well-being above all else, is most likely an indication of his financial situation.

You just hate to see this.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad news, he was really good this year. Wish him the best.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Ravens LB Zach Orr Retiring Reply with quote

Left_Side! wrote:
Reported by NFL Network shortly ago. Orr is retiring at age 24 and was the teams leading tackler this past season.

Another young player retiring early, seems this trend will continue due to health risks.



Updated: Ian Rapoport is reporting that Orr "Is retiring because of a serious injury"


QB's playing until they are 40 could be more frequent and contact players retiring in mid 20's could also be more frequent. I can't blame them, especially now that people are learning about the downsides to head trauma. The league needs to make major improvements to the helmet or this will just be more common. Maybe 20 years from now the game will be history anyways because of more cases of head injuries?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any other teams have players that might be retiring early due to injury concerns?
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