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Draft Scout Patrick Willis News
03/12/15 - LB Patrick Willis reluctantly walked away from football on Tuesday, announcing his retirement from the NFL at age 30.
The seven-time Pro Bowl selection said foot injuries forced him to end his career after eight productive seasons.
"If I had anything left in these feet -- you've all seen me, I broke my hand on a Sunday, had surgery on a Monday and played with a cast on Thursday -- but it's something about these feet," Willis said. "When you don't have feet, for me, that's what has made me who I am."
Willis remains passionate about the game, but he was concerned about his long-term well-being.
"Football has been everything to me and it's provided an amazing platform to me," Willis said. "It's my health first."
Willis was named to the Pro Bowl in seven of his eight seasons since he was drafted 11th overall in 2007. He was Defensive Rookie of the Year and a six-time All-Pro.
"On behalf of the entire San Francisco 49ers organization, my family, and our faithful fans, I would like to thank Patrick for everything he has brought to this team and our community," 49ers CEO Jed York said in a prepared statement. "Some of the greatest memories in the history of our franchise have come from his passion, dedication and sacrifice.
"Patrick epitomizes everything you could ever want in a San Francisco 49er. What he brought to this team goes much further than his athletic abilities. His leadership and infectious love for the game helped propel this team."
Willis had 950 career tackles with 20.5 sacks and eight interceptions.
Willis ended the 2014 season on injured reserve and rookie Chris Borland outperformed expectations, delivering 107 tackles and two interceptions. Borland will be in the starting lineup alongside NaVorro Bowman in 2015.
"I've given this game everything I had," Willis said.
12/10/14 - ILB Patrick Willis is the 49ers' nominee for the NFL's new Sportsmanship Award. Each team nominated one player for the award, which spotlights outstanding sportsmanship on the field. Eight finalist will be selected among the 32 nominees, after which NFL players will be asked to vote for one winner when they fill out their Pro Bowl ballots next week.
11/11/14 - LB Patrick Willis (toe) was placed on reserve/injured by the 49ers Tuesday (Nov. 11). Willis (6-1, 240) appeared in six games (six starts) this season and registered 49 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception. A team captain, Willis was originally drafted by the 49ers in the first round (11th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Now in his eighth year out of the University of Mississippi, Willis is the only player in franchise history to be selected as an All-Pro in each of his first six seasons, and is also one of seven players in the NFL since 1970 to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven seasons. Willis was also named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007. Over his career, Willis has started 112 games and registered 1,225 tackles, 53 passes defensed, 20.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, eight interceptions and five fumble recoveries.
11/10/14 - ILB Patrick Willis missed his third consecutive game Sunday at New Orleans because of a toe injury. He was replaced once again by rookie Chris Borland. The 49ers hope to have Willis back at practice this week.
11/06/14 - ILB Patrick Willis did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. He is questionable for Sunday's game at New Orleans because of a toe injury. 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday the club would like to see Willis participate in a full practice before considering him for game action. Willis suffered the injury in the 49ers' Week 6 win at St. Louis.