Chris Borland is retiring from football to avoid long-term head trauma, according to ESPN Outside the Lines. Borland is 24.
In the report, Borland is quoted as saying, “Is this how I’m going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I’ve learned and knew about the dangers?”
I admire and respect Chris Borland’s decision, and I hope he’s OK.
You may start to see players retire who play positions with a lot of head trauma. This may happen more and more.
Borland leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the 49ers’ defense. The 49ers have taken a lot of blows this offseason, and this is another blow.
UPDATE: The 49ers just released the following written statement from Trent Baalke: “While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris’ decision. From speaking with Chris, it was evident that he had put a great deal of thought into this decision. He was a consummate professional from day one and a very well respected member of our team and community. Chris is a determined young man that overcame long odds in his journey to the NFL and we are confident he will use the same approach to become very successful in his future endeavors. We will always consider him a 49er and wish him all the best.”