What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

POSTED: 04:48 PM PDT May 06, 2012    UPDATED: 07:57 AM PDT Mar 17, 2015 

Find out more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disease several former NFL pros claim they are now suffering from due to hits on the field.

Chris Borland, November 2014
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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland announced his retirement from football on March 16, 2015, due to worries about head trauma. The team's leading tackler in the 2014-15 season as a rookie, Borland told ESPN that even though he was diagnosed with only two concussions, both while in high school, he will not change his mind about retiring.

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