Millen, the former NFL linebacker, former Lions president and current TV analyst, said in a radio interview that Willis played the worst game Millen had ever seen him play in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. When Willis heard about that, he ripped Millen in an interview on the same radio station. But on Tuesday Willis told reporters that he respects Millen.
“I probably said some things that I probably wouldn’t say,” Willis said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “I apologize for those things and I have all the respect in the world for those guys that have played this game before me and have played it at a high level.”
Millen was a second-round pick of the Raiders in 1980 and played 12 NFL seasons with the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins. He was a two-time All-Pro and won four Super Bowl rings.