Amwal Al Ghad English - 2015-03-17 07:05:36
San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland, a leading rookie last season, is retiring from the NFL over health concerns related to repeated head trauma, ESPN and the team said on Monday.
"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," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.
"While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris' decision," Baalke said.
The 49ers did not specify in its statement why Borland, 24, chose to leave. ESPN reported he was retiring over health concerns related to head trauma, an issue that has rattled the league and prompted a massive lawsuit against the NFL.
Borland, a linebacker, was a star in his only season with the team, registering a team-high 128 tackles and earning several rookie of the week and month honors.
"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's Outside the Lines program, adding that he has no ill will against the team. More»