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Is 49ers Player Chris Borland Making A Mistake By Retiring From The NFL Because Of Health Concerns?

Submitted by on March 17, 2015 – 12:35 pmNo Comment

It’s not exactly a secret that there are lots and lots of former NFL players who are suffering from serious health issues as a result of playing professional football. Over the last decade or so, there have been a number of reports that have been released concerning the health of former players. And in many cases, doctors have found that repeated head trauma is to blame for the issues that these players suffer from today. So while the NFL has tried to take extra precautions to prevent current players from suffering in the future, there have been several players who have called it a career early because of their concern about the future health.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland just surprised everyone by taking his fears to the extreme, though. Borland has only played in the NFL for one season now, and he was very successful in that season, recording nearly 100 tackles for the Niners. But he just announced that he’s going to retire from the game of football, effective immediately, because of some research that he’s done into brain injuries.

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” he told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Monday. “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk…I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been. For me, it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait ’til you have symptoms, it’s too late.”

Borland’s decision is causing some controversy. There are some people who believe that he’s making a mistake by retiring early. Some NFL players, in particular, are shrugging their shoulders and essentially saying that this is the life that Borland chose, so he should be prepared to deal with the consequences. But other people are applauding him for turning down the opportunity to make millions of dollars in exchange for his health and his happiness. And then there is another group of people who thinks that he could be setting a new standard and that other players could follow his lead. So as of right now, there’s a lot of debate about what Borland’s retirement might mean to the NFL as a whole.

It’s unclear what effect Borland’s retirement will or won’t have on the league. But it’ll be interesting to see how his decision ultimately resonates with other players. Do you think he’s making the right choice by stepping away from the football field after just one NFL season?

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