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Former NFLer Chris Borland helps others adjust to retirement

In this Nov. 16, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland (50) runs back an interception as New York Giants’ Odell Beckham (13) and Preston Parker (83) give chase during an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Borland knows firsthand all about the challenges of early retirement, having stepped away from a promising football career after one year because of concerns over head injuries. Borland spends his time now helping other football players and military veterans make that adjustment to their new lives that often lack the thrill and competitiveness of life in the armed forces or professional sports.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File) More Chris Borland knows firsthand all about the challenges of early retirement, having stepped away from a promising football career after one year because of concerns over head injuries.

With post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries in blasts with veterans, we see a very similar and somewhat unique issue with repetitive brain injuries in football. There are very similar physical struggles, but also two populations that have a hard time transitioning out whether it is the military or football and reintegrating into society.

I stay close to it, said Manning, who retired a month after winning Super Bowl 50. I’m certainly a fan, an ambassador, do some work with Riddell helmets, which keeps me close to it, and I still have a lot of friends in the league.

Obviously I keep up with Eli. Manning also said he’s a big fan of Denver’s new quarterback, Case Keenum, a Manning Passing Academy alum and sixth-year pro who signed with the Broncos after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship last season. The two plan to get together on the golf course soon so that Keenum can pick Manning’s brain about playing in Denver, where the Broncos have gone 14-18 and missed the playoffs in the two seasons since the five-time MVP’s retirement. I know what it’s like to change teams, Manning said. There’s expectations. There’s pressure. And there’s a lot of adjusting. The Broncos went 55-17 with two Super Bowl appearances and one parade in Manning’s four seasons in Denver, the best four-year stretch in franchise history.

On the heels of successful games in Mexico in 2016 and 2017, the NFL and Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism announced a three-year agreement in November to play regular-season games in the country through 2021. 77,000 fans attended November’s New England Patriots- Oakland Raiders game in Mexico City this season.

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