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Wisconsin backing Chris Borland after linebacker retires

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is giving high praise to Chris Borland after the former Badgers linebacker decided to retire from the NFL following a promising rookie season.

The San Francisco 49ers have announced Borland's retirement without offering specifics. Wary of head trauma, Borland has said that he wanted to do what was best for his health in an interview with ESPN's "Outside the Lines,"

Borland left Wisconsin in 2013 after four decorated seasons. He holds the Big Ten record with 15 career forced fumbles, the second most in major college history.

Alvarez said Tuesday that Borland is one of the "most impressive young men I've come across in my many years involved in college athletics."

Current and former Wisconsin players have also expressed their support on social media.

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