As soon as Chris Borland made the decision to retire this offseason, we knew people would be asking about the money he was losing. Chris seems to be surprised that people are harping on the money rather than health, which was the reason for the retirement. He spoke about the reaction from his decision.
To the general population, concussions and the injuries NFL players suffer are not something that we can relate to. We know health is important, but in today's society, it takes a back seat to money. We don't think about health until something happens. A good percentage of the U.S. population, I imagine, would take a lucrative contract even if there was a good possibility that health later on in life was affected.
Chris Borland took a decision that most people would not make. He thought long term and realized that he did not want to live with injuries that could affect his quality of life. His position and style of play put him at a high risk to suffer potentially harmful long term injuries. To give back 75% of his +$600,000 signing bonus and to miss out on the potential to make millions is a testament to Chris. He did something that he felt was best for him and the best of luck to him in the future.
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