| Billig Nike Shox NFL player quits over concussion fears |
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|An American Footballer has announced his retirement after one season amid concerns for his health from the long-term effects of concussion.|
Chris Borland, a rookie linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, made the decision after holding talks with concussion researchers and his family.
The 24-year-old suffered two prior concussions before he was drafted.
Borland finished among the top rookies in the NFL last season with 107 tackles and two interceptions.
He becomes the most prominent NFL player to turn his back on a rich contract over concerns about brain injuries.
His four-year deal with the 49ers was reportedly worth just under $3m (£2.03m) and included a signing bonus of $617,436 (£417,000).
In July, a federal judge in the US approved a settlement that would see thousands of former American footballers compensated for concussion-related injuries.
The NFL agreed to remove a cap on compensation for players who said the league hid the dangers of head trauma.
More than 4,Billig Nike Shox,500 former players had sued the league, initially reaching a $765m (£490m) settlement in August 2013.
Speaking to ESPN's Outside the Lines,Nike Shox Günstig, Borland said: "I just want to do what's best for my health."
"From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."
49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement: "While unexpected, we certainly respect Chris' decision."
Borland,Nike Roshe, a history graduate at the University of Wisconsin, plans to further his education and pursue a career in sports management.
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