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Borland discusses transition away from football

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 Chris Borland walked up to his cart at the Legends of Wisconsin Golf Classic with a smile on his face. Borland clearly is carrying a few less pounds on his frame these days and less weight on his shoulders after his decision to walk away from football.

"I understand how people would be shocked. To me, it makes sense. I've got a lot of support from active and former players."

The 24-year old shocked many when he walked away from the NFL after a successful rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers. Borland was healthy at the time. He just wanted to make sure he stayed that way. So, he walked away from a multi-million dollar contract and actually returned more than $450,000 in bonus money.

"That's been the biggest surprise of all of this for me. People can't get over the money. That's all they think about, but I think your health is a little bit more important."

Since hanging up his cleats, Borland has become one of the public faces of a recent movement to stress safety in football. It's not a role he was expecting to assume when he made the decision.

"Not ideal for me, but I think I'm in a position to help people. Former players helping the game be safer is something I can help in."

 As for the future, Borland says he is weighing his options. All he knows for sure is that his life will no longer involve a helmet and shoulder pads.

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