Linebacker Zach Orr was unable to leave professional football on his own terms, as it was announced in January that he would retire after being diagnosed with a congenital back/spine condition. The former Baltimore Raven did look for other options with regards to a return to the field, but with no team willing to clear him medically, Orr announced that he would not attempt to make a comeback.
On Wednesday it was announced that Orr is back in the National Football League, albeit in a non-playing role. Orr has returned to the Ravens franchise, where he will serve as an intern of sorts for the coaching and personnel staffs.
During the season, the plan is for Orr to shadow linebackers coach Don Martindale while also sitting in on special teams meetings. In the offseason, Orr will work with the team’s scouting department. The idea was first presented to Orr by Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti following his first retirement press conference.
“I lit up. I was like, ‘Of course!'” Orr said to the team site. “I still want to be around this game, especially an opportunity to work with some of the best coaches and some of the best front-office personnel in the league. It’s a great opportunity for me to learn and grow.”
According to the Ravens website, the start that Zach Orr will get away from the field is similar to that of current general manager Ozzie Newsome. After his retirement from the game, Newsome was afforded the opportunity by then-owner Art Modell to learn the ropes, eventually developing into a general manager who put together rosters that won two Super Bowl titles.