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Chris Borland

Christopher Borland is a former American football linebacker who played for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He is one of the first NFL players to retire from professional football early in his career due to concerns of mid-term brain damage possibly inherent to the sport.

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The idea that just the basis of the game, repetitive hits, could bring on a cascade of issues later in life, that was - it changed the game for me.
I never thought my choice to leave the NFL would lead to 'Face the Nation.' When I first thought of quitting, I cringed at the notion of becoming a football safety advocate. I was making a personal decision; I never set out to influence others.
I just honestly want to do what's best for my health. — © Chris Borland
I just honestly want to do what's best for my health.
Some of my best tackles were the most dangerous!
The host of 'Face The Nation,' Bob Schieffer, was an important figure in my childhood years. Every Sunday in the fall, he occupied my family's time after church and before the NFL pregame shows.
You can't be in the locker room reading 'League of Denial.'
Pat Tillman is a hero of mine.
I just thought to myself, 'What am I doing? Is this how I'm going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I've learned and know about the dangers?'
Sometimes men and women have trouble with just being vulnerable.
I think I did a good job of compartmentalizing my life. It's crazy to say it, but even if football was this dangerous thing, it was a place where I could focus all my energy. I'm sure it's not the healthiest thing to direct stress from football into football, but that's basically what I did.
Football is inherently dangerous, and that will never change.
One thing that's important to understand is that it's believed that the pathology of CTE doesn't have to do with concussion so much as it has to do with the accumulation of sub-concussive hits. So every hit matters. If you're subject to 800 or 1,200 of these every year, it accumulates. It's like erosion.
A piece of my heart will always be in football, but my mind ended it. — © Chris Borland
A piece of my heart will always be in football, but my mind ended it.
The men and women that are hired to take care of players' health, their salaries are paid by the team. Before games, you would see team docs and trainers, and they're every bit as as excited to, say, beat the Raiders as you are; their emotions are tied up in it.
I think flag football is a great alternative, and it's a great game in its own right. It's a wonderful alternative. You can develop all of the skills and athleticism and glean the lessons you can from contact football through playing flag.
The 49ers drafted me assuming I wanted to play more than one year. At the time, I did, too. Things changed. They didn't deserve to be undercut. And I didn't want that to happen.
About 10 percent of the time, I miss 3 to 5 percent of the game. I look back, and I'm happy that I played. I'm not wistful. You miss big games. I miss the locker room camaraderie. Sometimes I miss the lifestyle.
During the course of a 16-game season, everybody, in the end, is injured. It's almost as if pieces just get broken off, and you give up pieces or an appendage every year.
I guess I compete in everything I do, but it's always good to get out and be active and find an outlet for all of that pent-up aggression you had as an athlete.
I think it actually is easier for players to abstain from watching than it is for people who haven't experienced it. I know a wide variety of former players that don't really follow football any more. They've kind of had that cathartic experience. They know what it is.
I loved playing in the Big Ten, where it's three yards and a cloud of dust.
I'm more athletic than people think.
Dementia pugilistica was discovered in 1928... And we still have boxing. Football will continue.
Football is an elective. It's a game. It's make-believe. And to think that people have brain damage from some made-up game.
I've got a wide variety of interests.
The reality is that it's just the nature of the game. It's the nature of playing offensive line, defensive line, and linebackers, where your responsibilities as a player involve those little hits that are going to accumulate. You can't take that out of the game.
I'm involved in so many cool and interesting and redeeming things. I'm enjoying every day.
I think it's unfair to punish players for inherent faults in the game.
Sports are my passion. They have been since I was a kid. So I think I'll be involved in sports in some capacity no matter what I do.
I think I'd be a good pass-catching fullback.
I think the one thing I can say is not to play through concussions. I think that's unwise.
My breadth of football experience, my injury history, and my all-or-nothing goal to become one of the best linebackers in the NFL, combined with all I'd been learning about the game's neurological effects on the brain, convinced me I'd be wise in choosing another career.
I just don't want to get in a situation where I'm negotiating my health for money.
I don't dislike football. I love football.
Football's extremely important to me. iIt's my passion.
A generation of men really built the NFL and gave guys like me a shot, and a lot of these guys are left out in the cold by the league and forgotten.
I couldn't really justify playing for money, and I think what I wanted to achieve put me at too great a risk, so I just decided on another profession.
I never played the game for money and attention. I love football, and I've had a blast. — © Chris Borland
I never played the game for money and attention. I love football, and I've had a blast.
I walked away from pro football and a $2.9 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers because I didn't want to develop CTE.
One healthy thing I'd like for players to know, whether they're active or former, is you likely can't replicate the thrill of playing before 100,000 people and big hits and making that much money. We can get ourselves into trouble trying to.
I don't consider football fun. It's not like a water park or a baseball game.
The act of riding a bicycle isn't causing brain trauma. Yeah, you could fall, but that's if something goes wrong. Everything could go right in football, and it's still dangerous.
My experience over my five years at Wisconsin and my one year in the NFL was that there were times where I couldn't play the game safely. There are positive measures we can take... but on a lead play, on a power play, there's violence.
If you turn on the film, I can play.
I don't do interviews without a collared shirt.
I think I'm connected to this issue in some capacity, football and brain damage. So carving out a way to address it tactfully is important to me no matter what I go on to do.
Dehumanizing sounds so extreme, but when you're fighting for a football at the bottom of the pile, it is kind of dehumanizing.
I wanted to fulfill my dream of playing in the NFL. — © Chris Borland
I wanted to fulfill my dream of playing in the NFL.
I loved football. I'm so glad I played. But I didn't think it was wise for me to play longer.
I can't predict the future of football. I don't think it'll go the way of boxing because it's a team sport. It's built into our education systems, the flagship for a lot of universities' fundraising campaigns. So no, I don't think it'll go away.
If I was a marginal guy or a practice squad player or a career-long special teamer, you take a hell of a lot less hits in those roles.
It would be ill-advised to compare war and a sport, but I don't think the brain knows the difference. With post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries in blasts with veterans, we see a very similar and somewhat unique issue with repetitive brain injuries in football.
I don't really trust the NFL.
If you gave me an hour in the day between '09 and '14, I could have told you exactly where I was and what I was doing.
Punishment for doing your job well is an unparalleled professional pressure.
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.
I've thought about what I could accomplish in football, but when you read about Mike Webster and Dave Duerson and Ray Easterling, you read all these stories, and to be the type of player I want to be in football, I think I'd have to take on some risks that, as a person, I don't want to take on.
I enjoyed playing, and I've got a full and happy life now, so it's not like I'm looking back longingly at my time in football.
Folks who blithely disregard the benefits of football likely haven't played or are being intellectually dishonest. The game, perhaps more than any other, requires absolute dedication and teamwork. Yes, I ultimately quit, and if I ever have a son, he won't play, but I'll always cherish the lessons I learned from football.
In places where people read hardcover books and eat sushi, they're not signing a five-year-old up to tackle another five-year-old.
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