NFL Player Quits: It’s Not Worth the Risk


Chris Borland, 49ers 24 year old linebacker, has announced his retirement from the NFL, after playing only one season, stated

“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told “Outside the Lines,” reported “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” Borland researched for many hours before finally quitting the league. He experienced a few concussions before his year in the NFL. He believes the fame is not worth the risk of a concussion.

“While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris’ decision,” general manager Trent Baalke said “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.”

In the 2014 season, Chris Borland played in 14 games with a combined 107 tackles and 2 interceptions. Borland was scheduled to be paid $540,000 in the 2016 season.

Borland has a bachelor’s degree in history at University of Wisconsin. He plans to return back to school and possibly pursue a career in sports management, stated “It’s an incredible organization, and they truly looked out for players’ best interests,” he said.

“Playing any sport is a personal decision. By any measure, football has never been safer and we continue to make progress with rule changes, safer tackling techniques at all levels of football, and better equipment, protocols and medical care for players,” Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president of health and safety policy, said in the statement. “Concussions in NFL games were down 25 percent last year, continuing a three-year downward trend. We continue to make significant investments in independent research to advance the science and understanding of these issues. We are seeing a growing culture of safety.”