People around the NFL and sports world are weighing in on Chris Borland's decision to retire from the NFL after one season.
Count Jerry Rice in the pool of people who fully support Borland's choice.
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"Chris Borland I commend you on your decision . When I played we didn't have all the research! I think the game is so much safer now," Rice tweeted.
Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president of health and safety policy, issued a statement Tuesday morning that supports Rice's assertion that the game is safer now than when he played.
“We respect Chris Borland’s decision and wish him all the best. Playing any sport is a personal decision.
“By any measure, football has never been safer and we continue to make progress with rule changes, safer tackling techniques at all levels of football, and better equipment, protocols and medical care for players. Concussions in NFL games were down 25 percent last year, continuing a three-year downward trend. We continue to make significant investments in independent research to advance the science and understanding of these issues. We are seeing a growing culture of safety. Everyone involved in the game knows that there is more work to do and player safety will continue to be our top priority.”
Borland is the second 49ers linebacker to move on from football in the last week, joining Patrick Willis in retirement.
According to 49ers radio analyst Tim Ryan, "Patrick Willis retired, Chris Borland quit."
Chris Borland I commend you on your decision . When I played we didn't have all the research! I think the game is so much safer now.— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) March 17, 2015