Wise beyond his years…and intends to keep it that way.
49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland, 24, became the fourth NFL player in his prime this week to announce he was crossing over the chalk line for reasons having nothing to do with any pertinent off-the-field altercation or physical shortcomings on it.
By Andrew Pridgen
Chris Borland’s retirement was for health, consciousness and longevity reasons only. He’s out shopping for rocking chairs today with his linebacking mentor Patrick Willis, 30, Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds, 27, and Titans quarterback Jake Locker, 26, all choosing to leave the game before the game leaves them.
Left on the field for the young history major from Wisconsin was a guaranteed $2.32 million over the next three seasons and then the supposed big extension or free agent contract after that.
Borland was on his way.
As a rookie, he led the 49ers in tackles with 108 in only eight starts. In his second-ever start he collected…
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