The file on Patrick Willis
No. 11 overall pick
The 49ers selected Patrick Willis 11th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss. (the team selected Joe Staley 28th overall).
Bursting onto the scene
Patrick Willis led the NFL in tackles (174) as a rookie and also registered four sacks. (When word surfaced that Willis would retire, Matt Leinart tweeted, "Still have a chipped tooth from @PatrickWillis52 knocking me out. Congrats on a GREAT career man! Not a nicer guy out there!")
First Pro Bowl
Willis and punter Andy Lee were the only 49ers named to the Pro Bowl in 2007.
Second in tackles
Willis' 141 tackles in 2008 ranked second in the NFL. Head coach Mike Nolan was fired after seven games and replaced by...
New coach, still awesome
... Mike Singletary. Willis racked up 152 tackles in 2009 -- the most in the NFL.
Although Willis slipped to 10th in tackles in 2010 (he missed one game), he registered a career-high six sacks...
Willis injured his hamstring in the 49ers' 26-0 Week 13 win over the Rams. He missed the next three games, returned in Week 17 and racked up 16 tackles in two playoff games (the first two of his career).
Willis registered a game-high 10 tackles in the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
Last Pro Bowl
Willis became the seventh player since 1970 to be selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first seven NFL seasons...
On Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 Patrick Willis suited up for the final time. He injured his toe in the first half against the Rams and did not return to game action. Two days later, Jim Harbaugh didn't believe the injury was a long-term thing but Willis missed the 49ers' next two games and then opted for season-ending surgery...
On Monday, March 9, 2015, reports surfaced that Willis was strongly leaning towards retiring. Four months prior, Willis said, "I feel like I have five or six more great years of football left in my body." But on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 -- the five-time First-Team All-Pro officially announced he was retiring from the NFL...