Patrick Willis of the San Francisco 49ers is thinking of retiring, according to a person familiar with the linebacker.
The person requests anonymity owing to the fact that Willis still has not declared a statement regarding the matter yet. Willis had lost his shine last year when he played only six games, according to USA Today.
In the 2007 draft, Willis was the 11th overall pick, ringing up to 135 tackles in that season. In 2007, Willis became the first 49ers recruit “since Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott in 1981 to earn Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors,” USA Today writes.
This is a shock to 49ers fans and NFL viewers alike. Willis was a very dominant linebacker, considered as one of the best players in a game. The team has been involved in a number of changes this off-season, with this announcement being one of the hardest they would have to deal with.
Despite the loss, the 49ers still possess young linebacker Chris Borland who is likely to fill the void. Patrick’s injury last season forced Borland to play, where he ended up totaling 1.0 sacks, 107 tackles, two interceptions, and five passes, according to Fansided.com.
Borland might not be able to replace the value of Willis within the 49ers, but he might still serve as an asset for the future of the team.
Patrick’s legacy, the friendship and the tremendous energy he used to win in the field, will be truly be missed by NFL fans.