Chris Borland calls it a Career
March 18, 2015 • 414 views
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Rookie 49er’s outside linebacker, Chris Borland, who filled in for the injured Patrick Willis this past season, announced on Tuesday, March 17th, that he will be retiring from the NFL.
Chris Borland was a thirrd round pick for the 49ers and was a huge pick up since Willis was hurt almost all of last year. He filled in and had a great season, recording 108 tackles, two interceptions, a sack, and had five passes defended. During the pre-season, Borland was able to return a pick for a 34 yard touchdown against the Texans, proving that he wasn’t just a run stopper, but also a good coverage back.
Borland selected to retire primarily because he is worried about his health. He suffered from head trauma this past season and decided that it was the best for his future to just call it off. His decision was not made entirely by himself, he consulted his family, friends, and various doctors to receive guidance. He ultimately decided that playing football was too big of a risk for his future health and decided to retire.
Chris Borland would’ve been a huge help to next year’s 49er defense since he could’ve replaced retired Willis, but now the 49ers are almost empty at the linebacker position and are going to have a lot of work to do trying to fill the empty hole Willis and Borland left.