49ers announce Patrick Willis retirement


The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday that LB Patrick Willis, a six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection, will retire from the National Football League.

“On behalf of the entire San Francisco 49ers organization, my family, and our Faithful fans, I would like to thank Patrick for everything he has brought to this team and our community,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “Some of the greatest memories in the history of our franchise have come from his passion, dedication and sacrifice.

“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 will be speaking to the media on Tuesday, March 10 at 12 noon PT.

Originally drafted by San Francisco in the first round (the 11th overall selection) of the 2007 NFL Draft, Willis spent all eight seasons of his NFL playing career with the 49ers.

The former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year became the first player in 49ers history to be selected as an All-Pro in each of his first six seasons (First Team – 2007, 2009-12; Second Team – 2008).

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Willis started all 112 games in which he appeared and registered 1,225 tackles, 20.5 sacks, eight interceptions (returning two for touchdowns), 16 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 53 passes defensed.

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