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

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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.

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 14: Wide receiver Kamar Aiken #11 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with free safety Darian Stewart #24 and linebacker Zach Orr #54 after scoring a first quarter touchdown off a blocked punt against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Quarterback Josh McCown #13 of the Cleveland Browns gets off a second half pass in front of linebacker Zach Orr #54 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 22: Linebacker Zach Orr #54 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after a play against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 22, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 20: Zach Orr #54 of the Baltimore Ravens is seen on the sidelines during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
September 25, 2016: Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Zach Orr (54) [14797] celebrates following a game-saving interception during the NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
September 25, 2016: Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Zach Orr (54) [14797] celebrates the win during the NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
16 OCT 2016: Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zach Orr (54) during the game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens played at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford,NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Inside linebacker Zach Orr #54 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after making an interception in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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In 2014, Orr signed in Baltimore as an undrafted free agent. This year, he earned a starting spot on the defense and garnered second-team All-Pro honors 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:

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