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Patrick L. Willis, born on 25th January 1985 in Bruceton, Tennessee, is a former American football player who played in the position of a linebacker.
A student at the University of Mississippi, he played with the Ole Miss Rebels. In 2004, he won the Dick Butkus Award for the best university linebacker.
He was drafted in 2007 at 11th place (first round) by the SF 49ers. He was coached by linebacker coach Mike Singletary, who himself was a former linebacker promoted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
During the 2007 NFL season, Willis, alongside linebacker Derek Smith was positioned in a 3-4 tactic (four linebackers, a nose-tackle, and two defensive ends).
In the regular season, he was the player recording the most tackles in the National Football League (174 tackles).
He was selected for the 2007 Pro Bowl where he only made a tackle. In 2007, Patrick Willis was named AP NFL defensive rookie (1st year in NFL)of the year.
Willis went to Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School, Here Willis was selected twice as Regional MVP, and also West Tennessee Player of the Year.
He was the first in the history of the State of Tennessee to be chosen for the Mr. Football Award as a LineBacker and also for a back in one single season. Considered a 3-star rookie by Rivals.com, he was placed as the #60 prospect linebacker in 2003.
In his first year at Ole Miss, he played in thirteen games, making twenty stops. Willis was awarded the Scholar-Athlete Award. In his second year in 2004, Willis played 10 games.
He recorded seventy tackles and led his team with 11 TFLs and 5 sacks.
During the 2005 junior campaign, Willis led the Southeastern Conference in tackles at 12.8 per game, placing him at the sixth national level.
He finished the season with a total of 128 tackles, 9.50 TFLs, 3 sacks, one interception, two fumbles, & a recovery. Scout.com and CollegeFootballNews.com declared him to be the year’s defensive player.
Willis has received 1st All-SEC team honors from SEC coaches, the Associated Press, Rivals.com, and CollegeFootballNews.com.
During Willis' last year in the college in the year 2006, Willis led SEC in tackles with 11.40 per game and collected 11.50 TFLs, 137 tackles, and 7 passes, 3 sacks, 2 fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He received a year’s SEC defensive player award.
He also was the recipient of Jack Lambert Prize and Dick Butkus Award, awarded to most notable linebackers in football in college. Willis won the Conerly Trophy as well.
He was also a finalist for Bronko Nagurski Prize and a semi-finalist for Rotary Lombardi Prize and Lott Trophy.
Willis was chosen by the SF 49ers at 11th place in the 2007 NFL draft. He signed a 5-year contract worth USD 16.7 million with the team in NFL Rookies.
He retires at the end of the 2014 season.
Willis, in the 1st game, recorded eleven tackles, including nine solo. He was awarded the Rookie of the Week Award. He also performed brilliantly against the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals, etc, and was the recipient of a number of prestigious awards.
The first career NFL touchdown for Willis came against Seattle. He finished 2nd in tackles at the season end.
He broke many records during the seasons 2009-2013 and was the recipient of many more awards.
During 2014, he played 6 games but a toe injury made it very difficult for him to continue. In March, he was forced to announce his retirement.
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