“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalist Profile: Chris Borland – Sr. Linebacker, Wisconsin
Wisconsin LB– Senior – 5’ 11” – 248lbs – Kettering, OH
“Chris is, without question, one of the most compassionate, driven and goal oriented student- athletes I have worked with at Wisconsin.” – University of Wisconsin Community Relations Director Kayla Gross, Nov., 2013
The C in IMPACT® stands for Community and that quality along would qualify Wisconsin Linebacker Chris Borland for the Lott IMPACT® Trophy. But the senior from Kettering, Ohio, who leads the world in community service, also happens to be one of the premier linebackers in all the land.
“I believe he’s the best linebacker in the country,” says his head coach, Gary Andersen. “He’s a vital cog in our defense. Not only is he our top tackler and biggest playmaker, but he is the quarterback of our defense, communicating to the rest of the team and making sure everyone is in the right spot.”
Borland, who had 80 tackles (including seven for losses) in Wisconsin’s first 10 games, was a first-team mid-season All-American and on almost all post-season awards list, including the Lott.
He’ll also graduate this month with a degree in history and a 3.0 grade point average.
Back to his amazing community service record, though:
“When it comes to community service, Chris is second-to-none,” says Gross. “He has led the Badgers in community service over his five-year career, amassing over 100 hours during his firsts four years and completing 110 hours of community service since May of this year. He also took the initiative to spearhead his own charitable effort, starting a chapter of Uplifting Athletes at the University. It’s a national non-profit that aligns college football players with rare diseases to raise awareness and funding for research.”
Gross continues: “He also exhibits leadership abilities and shows compassion to empathize and interact with others. I continually hear positive feedback from community partners. I have no doubt that his work ethic and ability to lead will allow him to achieve any goals he desires.”
Adds his head coach, Andersen: “(Recently) he stayed 30 minutes after practice just to play catch with a young kid going through some rough times who was visiting us.”
Chris Borland appears to be the whole package. Good student, giving volunteer, superb football player.
It’s no wonder he’s a Lott IMPACT® Trophy finalist.