Los Angeles, California
A former athlete, Chris Borland was an All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year while at the University of Wisconsin. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft, led the team in tackles as a rookie, and was named to the All-Rookie Team and to the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He retired from the NFL in 2015 over concerns about brain injury. He has worked in mental health at the Carter Center, in concussion awareness advocacy with the Concussion Legacy Foundation and Gridiron Greats, and has consulted on films such as Concussion and Requiem for a Running Back. In 2017 Borland led the first study in meditation with former NFL players at the Center for Healthy Minds.
Today Borland is a meditation teacher at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Borland has been featured on Face the Nation, CBS This Morning, ESPN, Outside the Line and the Huffington Post, among others. He lives in Los Angeles.