Friday, March 20, 2015

Patrick Willis On Chance He Will Return to Football "Zero"

Many fans may hold on to hope of Patrick Willis making his triumphant return from his surprise retirement in a year or two.

In a recent interview with  Takeo Spikes of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, Willis made it clear that the was no chance of that happening. Spikes asked him to rate his chance of returning on a scale of one to 10 and he responded, "Zero".

He then went more in depth on when and why he made the decision to call it a career.

“The time for me has come. The time has come.  It’s time for change, and honestly it’s something that when I had that [toe] surgery, I’ve been talking about my feet for a long time, and people choose to hear what they hear. Sometimes people hear something that they just brush right off because to them it doesn’t really resonate. . . .  I understand that it was something that was talking to me, and talking to me for a long time and when I hurt my toe in that game I felt like, as soon as it happened, I went down and I felt it."

“It was like somebody lifted something off my back, almost like I felt a breath or something leave my back.  I have no idea I just knew what I felt like, it felt like somebody had lifted a million pounds off my back because you know as well as I do, as long as we played together, that I’ve always talked about our feet then. We play on turf this week, then it’s my feet this or my feet that.  To the point where people are like, you talk about it so much that it becomes redundant and people are just like, ‘Quit talking about your feet.’ . . .  They don’t know what I truly feel.  They might think they have an understanding.  Unless you have played eight years and you’ve had bad big toes like I’ve had and you put forward the effort and body of work that I have, on the stage that I have, unless you’ve done that then you really don’t understand what I’m trying to say.”

49ersSpin thanks Patrick Willis for his years of service and for always putting his best foot forward. (Yeah I did it. Sorry. I couldn't help myself)

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