The illustrious career of 30 year old Patrick Willis, an American football line bender for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL ended on March 9th 2015 when he announced his retirement.
Willis played only around six games last year since he sustained a severe big toe injury on his left leg. But at that point of time he showed no signs of retirement stating that he would come back bigger and better than before.
Patrick Willis was one of the top players on the 49ers team which managed to reach three continuous NFC Games from the year 2011 to the year 2013. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in all of his first seven seasons of NFL.
Willis has 792 tackles, 20 sacks, nine interceptions and 16 forced fumbles in his career. He had already been signed for the 2016 season and supposedly would have made $8.3 Million comprising of salaries and bonuses.
Patrick Willis began his career with the San Francisco 49ers in the year 2007 being trained under Mike Singletary, the Hall of Fame middle line backer. He started as an inside line backer in the 49ers’ 3-4 defence.
After this, there was no looking back for Willis. On May 4th 2010, he signed a five year contract extension worth $50 Million making him the highest paid inside line backer in the NFL.
In the year 2011, he led the 49ers defence which set a single season record of not allowing a rushing touchdown until week 16.
In the year 2013, he sustained a fractured hand for which he underwent surgery, yet against all odds he ended that year with 104 tackles.
Patrick Willis’ achievements have been numerous and his retirement from the team is definitely a blow to the 49ers leadership. The foundation of the 49ers has already been shaken by the exit of Jim Harbaugh and coach Michigan and the expected retirement of Justin Smith throws yet another spanner in the works.
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