24-year-old star Ravens linebacker is retiring after suffering a serious neck injury

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr is retiring from football after just three seasons in the NFL, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first reported.

Orr, just 24, suffered a serious neck injury late in the season and was placed on injured reserve before Week 17. Now he is walking away for good.  

In 2014, Orr signed in Baltimore as an undrafted free agent. This year, he earned a starting spot on the defence and garnered second-team All-Pro honours for his performance, which included three interceptions, a forced fumble and a team-leading 130 tackles. 

According to Mike Garofolo, Orr played with an injured shoulder late in the season before moving to the IR with the neck injury.

 Rapoport reported that the Ravens tried to talk him out of retiring:

It’s a big blow for the Ravens defence, obviously, but what’s also obvious is that longterm health is far more important than football. 

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