In the game of football, you’re going to unfortunately take some blows to the head that’ll result in a concussion and you’ll miss a game or two until you pass the concussion protocol. Head injuries are the most common injuries amongst the game today. In the past, many players have decided to call it a career because of the outcomes of continuous hits to the head and what it can do in the future. Let’s meet Chris Borland. A 24-year-old who just finished his rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers. A year later, he’s decided to call it a career
Chris Borland was one of the shining stars on a 49ers defense without Navarro Bowman who was out due to injury from the previous season and Aldon Smith was suspended for the first nine games. Borland was a steal for the 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He got his first start against the Denver Broncos replacing an injured Patrick Willis who also retired from the NFL just last week. Borland was an inside linebacker who played downhill and roamed around in the open field with the ability to tackle. He had great speed, a good feel for the football and a good nose for the ball. He was always where the football was and he played very similarly to the guy that he was replacing in the line up.
I respect this guy for putting his health first before a sport. He’s retiring at an age when some players are on the cusp of entering their primes of their careers. As a player after many head traumas, you have a lot to think about not only for yourself but you have to consider your family in the process. If he had played, Chris Borland was expected to be a key piece to the 49ers defense this upcoming season especially with Patrick Willis deciding to call it a career.