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Patrick Willis
Patrick Willis

Date of birth
Jan 25, 1985
240 Lbs


Patrick Willis is a six-time All-Pro middle linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. He’s the only player ever to win the prestigious Butkus Award at both the collegiate and professional level and has made the Pro Bowl in each of his seven professional seasons.

Early Years & College

Willis was born on January 25th, 1975 in Bruceton, TN and played football, basketball, and baseball at Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School. As a linebacker for the football team, he made two All-State teams and was named West Tennessee Player of the Year in 2002. After careful consideration, he chose to continue his playing career at the University of Mississippi over Memphis.

After making 20 tackles as a freshman, Willis saw an increased role for Ole Miss in 2004, earning Honorable Mention All-SEC honors following a 70 tackle season for the Rebels. As a junior, he led the conference with 128 tackles and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year while also receiving All-American honors. He followed up the outstanding season with another impressive showing, again leading the SEC with 137 tackles as a senior and winning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.

San Francisco 49ers

An impressive showing at the NFL Combine vaulted Willis into discussion as a top ten pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and the San Francisco 49ers took him with the 11th overall selection. He led the NFL with 174 tackles as a rookie and was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He also was the only rookie to make the Associated Press All-Pro team and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

Willis again led the league in tackles in 2009, and he made six straight All-Pro teams to open his career with the 49ers. That run came to an end in 2013, as his 104 tackles was the second-lowest total of his career. He still managed to make the Pro Bowl, however, and led the 49ers to a third consecutive NFC Title game before falling short against the Seattle Seahawks.

Game Log

12-28-2014 @ Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 20-17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12-20-2014 @ San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 35-38 OT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12-14-2014 @ Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 17-7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12-7-2014 @ Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 24-13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11-27-2014 @ Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 3-19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


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