It's been nearly three months since Chris Borland walked away from a promising NFL career.
But the All-Rookie linebacker isn't questioning his decision to retire on March 16, according to his father, Jeff.
“I think he’s every bit as confident, if not more. There’s no second-guessing, no regret at this point,” Jeff Borland told The Boston Globe on Friday.
In the time since he retired, Borland has been meeting with brain doctors and researchers all over the country to discuss head injuries, according to the newspaper.
“I think that he’s finding that there’s still a disconnect between the activity — the practice and the games, how much contact there is — and the people that are doing the science,” Jeff Borland told The Globe. “They haven’t necessarily stood on the sidelines to really get a feel for what’s going on out there. He’s got a practical experience that’s probably beyond most master’s degrees.”
The 24-year-old Borland made the announcement that he was retiring in March via ESPN's "Outside the Lines."
"I just honestly 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," Borland explained on the program.
"I feel largely the same, as sharp as I've ever been, for me it's wanting to be proactive. I'm concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it's too late. ... There are a lot of unknowns. I can't claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don't want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise."
"I just thought to myself, 'What am I doing? Is this how I'm going to live my adult life, banging my head, especially with what I've learned and knew about the dangers?'” Borland continued.
The 49ers' third-round pick in 2014, Borland started eight of the 14 games he played in and recorded 84 tackles, one sack and two interceptions in his only season in the league.