Patrick Willis, the former San Francisco 49ers linebacker, has vehemently refuted rumors that he is considering ending retirement to stage a comeback in the NFL.
Earlier on Thursday, Bleacher Report’s Insider Buzz reported that Willis is contemplating a comeback for the 2016 season. Willis, 30, announced his retirement in March 2015 after struggling with a toe injury that kept him sidelined for most of the 2014 season.
Barely hours after Bleacher Report’s false report, Willis took to social media to address the gossip:
“I MADE MY DECISION BACK IN APRIL??” Willis wrote. “AND I HAVEN’T THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT IT; NOR?? PLAYING ANOTHER DOWN IN THE NFL…PERIOD??????…SO QUIT TRYING TO BRING LIFE; on a CHAPTER that I have already CLOSED IN MY HEART and MIND…MY FOCUS IS IN THE PERFCT PLACE RIGHT NOW AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME…My PURPOSE 4??Life IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN FOOTBALL; FOR I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE TIME I WAS BLESSED TO PLAY ….IN THE GREAT WORDS OF 2-PAC #LIFEGOESON”
Willis stunned the league in March by announcing that he was walking away after eight successful seasons in San Francisco. Willis was selected to seven Pro Bowls and five first-team All-Pro teams during his brief career. “As I stand up here today, it’s tough, it’s hard, but it’s also easy at the same time,” Willis had said in March. “I knew there would be a day I’d leave, and I always told myself that I wanted it to be on my terms. So here I am today standing before you guys, not as a perfect man, but as an honest man … I have no regrets.”
The 49ers (3-6) are currently languishing at 4th place in the NFC Western Division.