Chris Borland Comments on Concussions, Retirement and More

June 8, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

More than a year after retiring from the NFL at the age of 24, former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland commented Tuesday on his decision to step away from the sport and his thoughts on concussions.
In an interview with Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the former third-round pick out of Wisconsin acknowledged that he misses the camaraderie that comes along with football, but he remains at peace with his decision to retire. 
"Intellectually, I know it's a sound decision," he said. "So I don't regret that. More information has come out since I walked away that kind of reaffirmed my decision."
Borland also described the process that led up to his retirement, which included poring over data related to the health risks that come along with playing football:
I wanted to avoid making any decision based off anecdotes. As much empirical data as I could gather was really important to me. I was the biggest critic. I spent all of the fall saying, 'Okay, t...

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