NFL world reacts to Borland’s retirement, some with surprising words

Chris Borland’s career lasted all of 14 games — and less than 12 months. But, in the wake of Borland on Monday adding his name to the growing list of NFL players to retire surprisingly young, it’s clear the 24-year-old’s career (and his decision to end it) left quite an impact on many players — current and former.

Borland reportedly retired over concerns of one day suffering a long-term brain injury. His retirement marks the fifth surprising, high-profile retirement in recent weeks, joining the likes of teammate Patrick Willis, former Titans quarterback Jake Locker and former Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds. At 30, Willis is the oldest of that group.

Here’s the view from some who already called it a career: