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Borland retires from the NFL

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 Former Badgers linebacker Chris Borland has informed the San Francisco 49ers he is retiring from football after just one season in the NFL. Borland told ESPN he is quitting football due to concerns about the effects the game can cause on the long-term health of the players.

"I just honestly want to do what's best for my health. From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

Borland played well as a rookie and was expected to start this upcoming season after the retirement of his teammate, Patrick Willis. Borland joins a handful of players walking away from the game before their 30th birthday this offseason.

"I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been, for me it's wanting to be proactive," Borland told ESPN. "I'm concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it's too late...There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."

Borland told ESPN he is planning to return to school and possibly pursue a career in sports management.

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