BERKELEY, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, one of the NFL's top rookies last season, told "Outside the Lines" on Monday that he is retiring because of concerns about the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma. Borland, 24, said he notified the 49ers on Friday. He said he made his decision after consulting with family members, concussion researchers, friends and current and former teammates, and studying what is known about the relationship between football and neurodegenerative disease.
Last week I was talking to a client and football came up. "Football is dying, isn't it?", she said. I said... "No...", then she continued "all those head injuries, who's going to let their sons play football?". I really didn't have much of an answer for her.
Borland's retirement is high profile news. It'll be discussed on every channel, every talk radio station, every newspaper. It will only add to the growing fuel of "football is dying". Borland might be the first high profile player to quit the NFL so early, but he certainly won't be the last.
The NFL and NCAA have been way to slow to respond to the concussion/head trauma issues, as if you could ignore the problem and it will go away. Both institutions will respond with the same rhetoric; that they've made changes, the game is safer than it's ever been and maybe they're right (although, still, way too slow).
Research is ongoing. Changes will and have been made. Technology is always looked at as a savior. All of it is an interesting intersection of the evolution of football.
Those aren't the real issue, though. The key is all those Moms. "Who's going to let their sons play football?".
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