Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott was the next former NFL player to applaud Chris Borland's decision to prioritize health over wealth by retiring at age 24.
What a courageous decision in Chris Borland’s life. I know he’ll pursue his next career with the same passion he showed us his rookie year.— Ronnie Lott (@RonnieLottHOF) March 19, 2015
Lott is second in career tackles for the 49ers with 721 (Patrick Willis is No. 1 with 732).
His No. 42 was retired by the organization.
Borland, a 2014 third-round pick out of Wisconsin, recorded a team-leading 107 tackles and was named to the NFL All-Rookie team.
Analyst and former NFL defensive tackle Tim Ryan was more emotionally-fueled when hearing about the news, saying, "Patrick Willis retired, Chris Borland quit."
Ryan later clarified his remarks: "I didn’t intend or to imply that Chris is weak in any way for his decision. You know how much I love the guy as a player."
Former 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh lent his support, letting it be known that he'd be there "standing by to assist and support" Borland.
Many other NFL players and former teammates of Borland's have voiced their opinion behind the shocking decision.