One of the heartbreaking NFL stories in recent years has been that of former Ravens linebacker, Zach Orr. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas, Orr would sign with the Ravens and immediately make his presence felt as a special teams ace. One year later, Orr would see his first taste of defensive action, amassing 22 tackles and his first NFL sack during the 2015 campaign, bringing Carson Palmer to his knees in a tough loss. But it was 2016 that many think of when they hear Orr’s name.
In just 15 games, Orr would emerge as a starter alongside C.J Mosley and lead the team in tackles with 132…30 more than his fellow linebacker. Named a 2nd-team all-pro, Orr simply flourished as a coverage linebacker, picking off three passes (including one against Carson Wentz and the Eagles), deflecting five in total. He was a crucial cog in a Ravens Defense that ranked fifth against the run in 2016.
To put it simply, there weren’t many inside linebackers more productive than the 24-year old, who seemed destined to become one of the best at his position in 2017…until disaster struck. Orr was forced to walk away from an incredibly bright future after an MRI for a herniated disc in his back revealed a devastating spinal condition. It was thought that Orr would never be able to play the game of Football again…until this week, when some interesting news took the league by storm.
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