The file on Chris Borland
Borland was a two-star prospect coming out of Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio. He chose to attend the University of Wisconsin. Borland was named the 2009 Big Ten's Freshman of the Year after playing in 13 games, starting six. He led the Badgers with five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. In the Champs Sports Bowl against Miami, Borland had two tackles for loss, including a sack and two quarterback hurries. He missed all but parts of three games due to a torn left labrum in his shoulder in 2010.
Borland started all 14 games at middle linebacker for the Big Ten champion Badgers. He finished the season with 143 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. Borland was named a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection. The Kettering, Ohio native started 12 games for the Badgers in 2012 and ranked second on the team with 104 tackles. He was named a First team All-Big Ten by the coaches.
2013 season and draft
Borland was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 after he led the Badgers with 112 tackles in 12 games (all starts) at middle linebacker. He finished his Wisconsin career ranked sixth all-time at Wisconsin in total tackles (420), fifth in solo tackles (234) and fourth in tackles for loss (50). He posted 20 double-digit tackle games in his career. Borland ran a 4.83 40 time and repped 225, 27 times at the combine. The 49ers drafted him with the No. 13 pick in the third round (No. 77 overall).
First career start
Patrick Willis injured his toe against the Rams, paving the way for Chris Borland to make his first career start at middle linebacker in the 49ers' Week 7 game at Denver. Borland registered a sack and eight tackles in San Francisco's 42-17 loss to the Broncos.
After recording 18 tackles against the Rams and 17 tackles against the Saints (in his second and third starts respectively), Borland registered 12 tackles and two interceptions in the 49ers' 16-10 win over the Giants in Week 11. Following the game, Justin Smith said, "He’s only played three or four games, but he’s got to be in the talk for Defensive Rookie of the Year, I’d think."
49ers linebacker Chris Borland informed the team on Monday, March 16, 2015 that he is also ending his football career due to the long-term effects of repetitive head injuries. Borland, 24, who made the NFL All-Rookie team, after leading the team in tackles while making just eight starts in place of Willis, told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on that he notified the 49ers of his decision on Friday, March 13.