Concussion debate refueled after NFL rookie standout retires

Concussion debate refueled after NFL rookie standout retires

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The concussion conversation is renewed as an NFL rookie standout called it quits.

San Francisco's Chris Borland walked away from the sport on Monday due to brain damage concerns. His retirement puts a high-profile face to those opting out of football.

"I just think there's a lot of injuries in it and I'd rather him not get hurt," Renee Fabre said.

Fabre is keeping his kid out of football field and on the soccer pitch.

"It wasn't worth it. If he's not going to be a pro athlete, what's the point of him getting hurt like that?" Fabre said.

"I don't think there is any doubt that the scare factor is a huge component to this," Tulane Sport Institute Doctor Greg Stewart said.

Stewart sees Borland's decision to blitz the end of his career as one most NFL players will pass on.

"I think it's a possibility that we see this as a trend but I also see with dealing with players and former players what we see is that everyone knows the next man is up. So I think that for a lot of these guys if this is the direction they decide to take there is going to be someone there to take their place," Dr. Stewart said.

"I think the game is going to be healthy for a long time," Newman High School Football Coach Nelson Stewart said.

The coach sees more parents pushing against the game but believes football has staying power and is safer than ever.

"It is the best time to play football. So while I think an situation like today is shocking," Coach Stewart said. "I think that as kids get educated, they go through the process. I think every year, it's going to become a safer and safer sport to play."

Dr. Stewart agrees football is getting safer but says much more research and long-term studies are needed to end the concussion debate.

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