One of the 49ers toughest playmakers decides to call it quits after 8 seasons….Good Riddance #52

In a busy NFL day that had the Twitter world going up on a Tuesday, some unexpected player personnel announcements were made that just made have some impact on the upcoming 2015-2016 NFL season. After being the league’s most feared linebackers, San Francisco 49er Patrick Willis has announced that he will be hanging up the pads and cleats for good. After 8 season suiting up for the legendary NFL squad, Willis decided to call it quits citing health related reasons. Willis will truly be missed by fans worldwide who crave for hard nose, passionate football in which that style helped Patrick become a household name in the NFL.

Drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Patrick was a force to be reckoned with. The two time All American from the Ole Miss brought the pain to any and everyone who ran towards his direction, making a league-best 174 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. These excellent numbers for this standout helped him take home the AP NFL Defensive Player Of The Year award, an All Pro and Pro Bowl selection. He became just second rookie ever to accomplish this feat since 49ner legend Ronnie Lott. After this amazing rookie year, Willis continue to become one of the top linebackers the game has let into the league. The Tennessee native changed the game for those who played the linebacker position, as he was able to be name to the Pro Bowl 6 more times while becoming the vital reason why the Niners defense was amongst the best each of the past 7 seasons. In addition, Patrick played a major role in coming just a game short of bringing San Francisco their first Super Bowl since 1994. But due to the injury bug benching the All Pro great these past 2 seasons, Willis has decided that his work was done and he can walk away from the game he loves a happy and satisfied man.

Check out this clip of Pat giving a heartfelt goodbye from the game that made him a superstar. As Willis takes his rightful walk away from the game, let’s salute the body of work this talented vet put out to fans week by week. Congratulations Patrick Willis, may we hope to see you again back on the field. But until then, much love.

Omari White

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