Supreme athletic ability
— HOW!? THAT’S A LINEBACKER.
— AGAIN, HOW!?
- Not only was Willis the hardest-hitting player on the field, he was one of the fastest. That are combination of the two resulted in Willis’ stellar career, one that featured being a Pro Bowler for all but one season (his last, in 2014).
As DeSimone concludes in his piece about Willis, he contends that Willis is a worthy of the Hall of Fame. On that front, I am with completely with him. In fact, I believe Willis is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His resume backs up that declaration.
There is simply no denying that talent of Willis. He’s the all-time 49ers’ leader in tackles (732) and forced fumbles (16) — and he only played eight seasons. And, just like DeSimone mentions, Willis was on pace to enter the top three for tackles in NFL history. It was a matter of when, not if for Willis. Point blank, Willis is one of the best ever to suit up at linebacker.
It’s been awhile since Willis last set foot on the field, but his legacy remains forever archived in footage and our minds. It’s on us to make sure he doesn’t go forgotten in the fold, as he truly is one of the finest individuals to occupy the linebacker position.