Letters to the Editor

Leaving the NFL

When a young man, with a strong college education, makes a decision that affects his well-being and the rest of his life, he should be applauded.

Chris Borland was the defensive player of the year for the Big 10 conference and came in fourth for rookie of the year in the NFL last year.

His subsequent decision, which was so clearly articulated by him, to retire over concern about concussions should be applauded and make parents think about a sport that 100 percent of the time causes injuries.

Sometimes injuries that, like Mike Webster and Junior Seau, can not only be career ending but life ending.

Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote’s comments about how Borland should have made his life changing decision earlier, before the 49ers drafted him and paid him millions, are reckless and callous.

John McLeod, Miami