MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 23: Chris Borland #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a win of the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on November 23, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 20-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Ex-Badger Chris Borland retiring after 1 year in NFL

Well, that didn’t last long…the NFL career of Chris Borland that is. After one of the most promising rookie season’s of any defensive player in the league, Borland has announced his retirement from the NFL according to a report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

According to the report, Borland is retiring over concerns about the long-term affects of head trauma. It’s interesting because Borland isn’t someone with a recent history of concussions or anything of that nature.

He has sustained two concussions in his life, but both were before he was even in college. One came while playing soccer in eighth grade and another while playing football in high school.

Borland told ESPN.com that he made the choice after consulting with doctors, concussion researchers and his family.

“I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been,” said Borland, via ESPN.com. “For me, it’s wanting to be proactive,” Borland said. “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 that 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.”

With Borland leaving the NFL after such a promising start to his career, he easily becomes the most prominent player to leave the game in his prime. He also leaves San Francisco in an interesting position, having also lost Patrick Willis earlier this offseason due to retirement.

He’ll always be a legend for his career as a Badger, where he was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year and linebacker of the year as a senior. He was a first-team All-American selection and recipient of multiple All-Big Ten honors.

There’s no way to question a decision of anyone based on concerns over current or future health, and we look forward to seeing what Borland has in store for his future outside of playing the game of football.

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com