San Francisco’s Chris Borland (50), who as a rookie last year led the 49ers in tackles, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that he is stepping away from the game at age 24 because of concerns about the long-term effects of head trauma.
San Francisco’s Chris Borland (50), who as a rookie last year led the 49ers in tackles, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that he is stepping away from the game at age 24 because of concerns about the long-term effects of head trauma. Bill Kostroun AP
San Francisco’s Chris Borland (50), who as a rookie last year led the 49ers in tackles, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that he is stepping away from the game at age 24 because of concerns about the long-term effects of head trauma. Bill Kostroun AP
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Fearing brain injury, 49ers’ Chris Borland retires after one year

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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