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49ers Linebacker Chris Borland Retires At the Age of 24, For Fear of Brain Damage

March 17, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
49ers Linebacker Chris Borland Retires At the Age of 24, For Fear of Brain Damage

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Chris Borland, the star rookie for the San Francisco 49ers, who is about to replace retiring 49er great Patrick Willis, is walking away from the game at the young age of 24.

Borland shocked the San Francisco 49ers with his decision. The Wisconsin Badger graduate says he refuses to live worrying about long-term brain injuries.

He took over at middle linebacker after Willis suffered a season-ending injury and led the team as a tackling machine. Borland told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” he decided to retire last week.

He explained after making an impressive stop on a running back during training camp last season; he suffered a concussion. Borland said he played through the effects because he was trying to make the team.

“I said to myself, ‘Why am I doing this? Is this really how I’m going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I now know about the dangers?'” Borland told ESPN.

Chris Borland’s retirement will not affect the popularity of the sport, but his story will generate awareness.

A young player entering the prime of his career, a bordering star walks away from it all for fear of his health. Borland says he doesn’t want to end up with the 70 former NFL players, diagnosed with progressive neurological disease.

Former Players such as Junior Seau, who suffered from memory loss, committed suicide. “I am as sharp as ever. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m worried that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late. … There too many unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and not have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise,” Borland said.

Borland walks away from a rookie contract worth $3 million dollars. He was set to become the starting middle linebacker.

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