49ers CEO Jed York issued a statement on the retirement of linebacker
“On behalf of the entire
“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. I consider myself very lucky to have grown up around some of the greatest players in the history of this franchise, and Patrick has certainly secured his place among that elite group of men. As a member of our family, Patrick holds a special place in our hearts, and we look forward to supporting him as he moves on from his playing career.”
Willis made seven Pro Bowls and was a six-time All-Pro in his eight-year career. He underwent surgery last fall after battling a toe problem for several years.
Willis missed 10 games last season after toe surgery. He's spent his entire career with the Niners.
The five-time All-Pro turned 30 in January. He's recorded 950 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and eight interceptions in eight seasons. A formal retirement announcement is expected Tuesday, per Pro Football Talk.
Willis previously indicated that he's been bothered by the injury for several seasons. Now on injured reserve, the linebacker hopes to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||16||174||135.0||39||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||16||141||109.0||32||1||1||86||86.0||86||1||10|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||152||114.0||38||4||3||33||11.0||23||1||8|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||15||128||101.0||27||6||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||13||97||74.0||23||2||1||10||10.0||10||0||12|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||120||88.0||32||0.5||2||2||1.0||2||0||9|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||14||104||82.0||22||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||6||34||29.0||5||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||15||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||13||0||0||4||0||2||0||2||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||2||0||1||3||1||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||14||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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