After just one season in the NFL, 49ers linebacker Chris Borland walked away from the game citing concerns for his overall health, saying, “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”
The 49ers quickly responded offering their support of Borland.
“While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris’ decision,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “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.”
The decision sent shock waves through the NFL establishment. Teammates, opponents and former players weighed in on social media.
Borland’s former Wisconsin teammate, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson:
His 49ers’ teammates:
Interesting note here from the Giants’ Geoff Schwartz about commitment. Speaks to the mindset of an NFL player.
You’ll have to carry the Seahawks’ Bobby Wagner off the field.
Chris Long, Rams
Kevin Zeitler, Bengals
Matt Overton, Colts
Brandon Marshall, Broncos
Former NFL’er Jesse Sapolu
Chris Borland retires smh. It’s difficult to understand, I’ve never seen it happen before, I can’t blame the kid because football is a violent game. It was a completely different mindset when I played. It seems like the more data and knowledge we have the more players are concerned about their life after football. Our approach towards the draft and free agency has changed. The lb position has just moved to the front of the line. This will not only test the resilience of our team but the strength of our fan base. Strength comes from being battle tested and we have been tested this off season. We have to stay strong and new light will shine tomorrow morning Niner Faithfuls as we move forward from another challenge.