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Patrick Willis among 49ers with perfect attendance

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There are varying degrees of voluntary when it comes to voluntary offseason workouts.

And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh even passed out perfect attendance certificates and T-shirts to the 31 of his 90 players who made every workout this spring to help underscore the difference, and recognize the people who treated them as mandatory.

“It’s a neat thing,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “You think back to when you were in school, and on the last day of school you get a perfect attendance certificate. And that’s what this is. It says something nice about you. You go put it up at home, put it in a little frame. Put it on the wall.”

Most of the players who earned the recognition were the guys who can’t afford to take a day off — the rookies, the fringe players. But 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was in the middle of it as well. That’s a good sign for the 49ers, as one of their best players is also recognized as one of their hardest workers. And the work is doubtless hard.

“It’s a high criteria,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a very cruel, very relentless criteria. It’s perfection. It’s every practice, every meeting, every weight workout with no excuse. You could have a great excuse. But if you weren’t there — perfect — then you don’t get a certificate and a T-shirt.”

Harbaugh has doled out symbolic clothing in the past, such as blue-collared work shirts.

It’s a tangible reminder, but the best news for Harbaugh was that one of his best players bought in, which pushes everyone along.

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19 Responses to “Patrick Willis among 49ers with perfect attendance”
  1. truninerfan49 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:34 AM

    Harbaugh gave out attendance certificates and t shirts?? What is this elementary school.

  2. themackstrong says: Jun 19, 2013 11:37 AM

    I have a hate for the 49ers but respect their talent. Patrick Willis is one of the top 10 players in the NFL. Sure sounds he keeps putting in the work even as a year in year out All Pro.

  3. Iknoweverything says: Jun 19, 2013 11:44 AM

    The players knew if they didnt attend then they would have to listen to the leagues biggest crybaby whine about it all season long. They also knew that FortyWHiner Harbaugh would single them out after both beatdowns Seattle inflicts upon them this season.

  4. niners816 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:00 PM

    I for one can’t wait for the Seattle vs San Francisco games in the future. Its going to be a great rivalry for hopefully many years to come. That being said, Seattle has the most annoying fans I’ve come across. I’m sure there are some good fans in Seattle, but if your best franchise victory was a regular season win, then you haven’t won anything. You guys can talk about how Atlanta beat you and we beat Atlanta if you want! Stay classy, Seattle.

  5. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jun 19, 2013 12:02 PM

    Ya know what Harbaugh did when the team plane touched down back in the bay after that brutal Super Bowl loss? He went over to the big equipment bins and started lumping boxes with the blue collar worker guys.

    Didn’t dissapear and pout and whine like so many of you seem to think he does (albeit his outbursts can look tiresome to some). He left his family at their limo and went to go do some grunt work with the regular blue collar Niner equip staff. Then he drove home only after all the grunt work was done in his 90s Chevy pickup truck.

    The dude would never mention it. He just does it. He’s hands down the best current coach in the league and real fans know it.

    Gonna have to work pretty hard to beat the Niners this decade

  6. b3nz0z says: Jun 19, 2013 12:02 PM

    this just in: hard work leads to success

  7. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:20 PM

    One of the best linebackers in the league, one of two best inside linebackers in the tlleague on the same team! See a pattern emerging there? OK, I spell it for you, one of the best LB’s corps on the same team, the 49ers have 4 top notch linebackers on the squad, then you have to deal with The other 7..
    Just gotta say, it yelps to have a half mil in the contract to show up, something the Giants have yet to figure out!!

  8. ehill3420 says: Jun 19, 2013 12:21 PM

    I looked up the word “stud” in the dictionary and saw a picture of Patrick Willis next to it.

  9. granadafan says: Jun 19, 2013 12:29 PM

    Good for Willis for setting a good example to his teammates. His leadership will help take the Niners to another Super Bowl. Meanwhile Seadderall and Cheatey Petey will look for more ways to beat the system. Seahawk (and Husky fans) are by far the worst fans in the league next to Redskin fans.

  10. rogergoodellsays says: Jun 19, 2013 12:29 PM

    The 49ers didn’t win a Superbowl ring so Harbaugh purchased compensatory rings for all of the players so they wouldn’t be sad about losing.

    Word is that he placed every c**k ring on each player individually in a heartwarming ceremony.

  11. jimmyt says: Jun 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    Perfect attendance certificates and T-shirts? Aw, how cute, how neat. Man this guy is a dolt!

  12. prosportswashington says: Jun 19, 2013 1:15 PM

    There’s not a team in the NFL that wouldn’t love to have Patrick Willis, even 49ers haters can’t doubt that

  13. standup12thman says: Jun 19, 2013 1:17 PM

    Patrick Willis is a true professional and a stud, the 49ers are loaded with talent and you can not ignore that. Hawks/49er games are going to be epic to watch because of the physicality and toughness both teams play with when they are on the field… Damn, is it football season yet!?!?

    -Hawks Fan

  14. fatsack1 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:46 PM

    did he hand out gummie bears as well?

  15. tinbender2000 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:47 PM

    Patrick Willis had that personal car service from the commercial, of course he was never late :)

  16. braceyourselffor12 says: Jun 19, 2013 1:48 PM

    A true soldier through and through, his work ethic sets the tone for the rookiez and I couldn’t be prouder that he wears the Red & Gold.

    It is refreshing to see SEA fans give respect to Willis, I remember being in college rooting for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl because they were representing the NFC West. You can dislike, hate and infact despise an opponent but that shouldn’t suggest you can’t respect them. That is something thiz new class of SEA bandwagoners can learn.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  17. 49erstim says: Jun 19, 2013 1:57 PM

    You can always tell true football fans because they put rivalries aside and can acknowledge the oppositions talents and they don’t feel this acceptance lessens their own team or their individual fandom. Well done mackstrong and standup12thman….and I agree that the season can’t get here fast enough! :-)

    PW is a leader! Pure and simple. If you don’t know about Willis and his personal journey it is a true tale of triumph and helps explain this man and his “blue collar” mentality.

  18. asimonetti88 says: Jun 19, 2013 2:11 PM

    Great player with a great story. It’s not surprising to see this. He’s worked hard to get to where he is and he’s not going to give up anytime soon. The 49ers are lucky to have a player of his caliber.

  19. bluereign says: Jun 19, 2013 2:24 PM

    Best LB in the league. Much respect to Willis.

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