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NFL’s Chris Borland to give back 75 per cent of signing bonus – SportsUntapped.com
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Added March 23rd, 2015 by Ian

NFL’s Chris Borland to give back 75 per cent of signing bonus
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Millions of people across the world are put off by the huge salaries that professional athletes make, but the life span of an athlete can be quite short, especially in when it comes to American football. Dozens of players launched a lawsuit against the NFL a year ago accusing the league of withholding important information regarding concussions and head trauma. The players’ association and NFL finally came to a payout agreement and it cost the league hundreds of millions of dollars.

Head injuries are still a legitimate concern in the sport and linebacker Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers is retiring because of it, even though he’s just 24 years old and has played only one season. According to Borland, he’ll gladly repay 75 per cent of his signing bonus to the club since he played just 25 per cent of his contract. He said he’ll hand over approximately $463,000 to the 49ers since he signed a four-year deal and played just one of them. He announced that he’s concerned about the affects of long-term brain trauma and that’s why he’s leaving the league.

Borland signed a four-year contract which was to pay him $2.9 million. His base wage as a rookie last season was $420,000 when he registered 108 tackles in his 14 outings for san Francisco. However, he was also paid a guaranteed signing bonus of $617,000 when he signed on the dotted line. Borland recently told the media on March 22, “To play one year, it’s not a cash grab as I’ve been accused of. I’m paying back three-fourths of my signing bonus. I’m only taking the money I’ve earned.”

Borland attended the University of Wisconsin where he graduated as a history major and said that he came to the decision to retire after one season because he did a lot of research into long-term neurological diseases which have been associated with playing pro football. Borland added, “This to me is just about health and nothing else. I’ve never played the game for money or attention. I love football. I’ve had a blast and I don’t regret the last 10 years of my life at all. I’d do it over the exact same way. From here on I’m moving forward.”

 
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