Just when you think the offseason can’t get any worse it does. ESPN’s Outside the Lines is reporting that linebacker Chris Borland is retiring due to long term effects of head trauma.
49ers LB Chris Borland tells Mark Fainaru-Wada & Steve Fainaru of "Outside the Lines" he is retiring due to “long-term effects” head trauma.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) March 17, 2015
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL’s top rookies last season, told “Outside the Lines” on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.
Borland, 24, said he notified the 49ers on Friday. He said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, and studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease.
“I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland told “Outside the Lines.” “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.”