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Former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis still firmly retired

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis stands on the sidelines prior to the San Francisco 49ers playing the New York Jets at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

Two years out of the NFL hasn’t made former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis wistful about making a return to football.

He’s still retired and intends to stay that way.

“That inclination (to play) only comes for a split second,” Willis said, via Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News. “And then it’s, ‘Nope, nope, I’m cool.”’

Willis made the decision to retire in March 2015 after his final year was limited to just six games due to a lingering toe injury. He was named to the Pro Bowl seven times in his eight seasons in the league and first a five-time first-team All-Pro selection. He was one of the most dominant middle linebackers in the league during his career.

Willis will become eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the class of 2020.

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5 Responses to “Former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis still firmly retired”
  1. reptar310 says: Feb 16, 2017 12:05 AM

    Won’t be first ballot because he left so early but he will get to Canton.

  2. rocksolid33 says: Feb 16, 2017 12:21 AM

    Finally a good post retirement story!

  3. footballisnotthatimportant says: Feb 16, 2017 5:38 AM

    Arguably the best linebacker in football for 7 years?

    No doubt he should be in the Hall of Fame.

    Unfortunately, according to the voters you can be an above average QB or RB (Ken Stabler, Jerome Bettis, etc. etc.) and get in…..but you have to be a transcendent defensive player to even get consideration.

  4. nemesder says: Feb 16, 2017 6:06 AM

    good to know

  5. TheDPR says: Feb 16, 2017 8:38 AM

    Smart. He must have saved and invested his earnings well, too. Guys who are broke always want to come back. Good for him.

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