It was announced on Thursday that Chris Borland was Wisconsin’s male recipient of the 2014 Big Ten Conference Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. Women’s rower Monica Whitehouse was the Badgers female recipient.
During the 2013-14 season, each varsity sports team on all Big Ten campuses has one member selected as Sportsmanship Award honorees. A male and female student-athlete from each Big Ten school is selected to be the recipient of the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
Borland is well-deserved of this honor, as he has done so much on and off the field. Last season Borland led the team in tackles with 112-his third consecutive year of having at least 100 tackles. Along with that came many accolades this season. Borland was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-American as well as first-team All-Big Ten. Not to mention Borland was named Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
But Borland’s impact is not just felt on the football field. It’s been well-know how much he does off the field and in the community. Borland compiled 125 hours of community service through the Badgers Give Back program, leading all Wisconsin student-athletes.
The San Francisco 49ers drafted Borland with the 77th overall selection in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
There’s no question the impact the star linebacker from Kettering, Ohio has had on and off the field. He’s done some great things while at the University of Wisconsin and role model that many can look up to. Let’s hope-and I have no question that it will-this carries over while he is with the 49ers and whoever he ends playing with in the NFL.