Patrick Willis Shoots And Kills Snake; Facebook Users Hiss (PHOTO)
(Photo: Patrick Willis/Facebook) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis channeled his best Samuel L. Jackson inSnakes on a Plane, posting a photo on Facebook Sunday of a large bloodied gopher snake on his property that he apparently shot with a pellet gun. Never a dull moment, Willis posted. I had an intruder in my house welcome to the hills. Got em As one would anticipate, Willis post quickly devolved into a political argument, with over 2,000 people weighing in with opinions like u go patrick , a snake is a snake KILLLLLL KILLLL to Are you out of your mind, Patrick? What a freaking idiot. You are a sickening human being. And how would the edited version of Jackson respond to such chatter? (Thanks to Deadspin for the link)
49ers’ Patrick Willis at his mental, physical peak
52 in fine form. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images On a fine spring day six years ago, San Francisco 49ers general management made the best decision of their collective professional career. With the 11th pick in the 2007 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Patrick Willis , linebacker, Ole Miss. Slightly exaggerated statements notwithstanding, Willis arrived at a time when this once reputable franchise was in the midst of four consecutive losing seasons. He suffered through three of his own during the first four years of his professional career. Despite the losing pedigree, Willis infused a sense of proficiency, greatness and a downright winning mentality in the San Francisco air.
After tough upbringing, 49ers’ Willis living the dream
(Story continues below) Credit: Patrick Willis/Facebook Several users reminded Willis that gopher snakes eat mice and gophers. “U inhumane niner,” one wrote. “Why did U kill him?” another asked. Of course some fans came to the All-Pro’s defense, too, pointing out that snakes are scary to some people and can be misidentified. (And who among us hasn’t used a mouse trap now and then?) As of Monday evening, Willis had not answered his detractors but he did write with the photos, “Never a dull moment. I had an intruder in my house welcome to the hills……. Got em.” UPDATE: PETA emailed the following statement to The Huffington Post: “PETA thinks that a beloved, 240-pound linebacker can find a more humane way to remove a nonvenomous snake from his homeand he certainly doesn’t need to brag about it online. Patrick Willis lives in the Pacific gopher snake’s natural habitat, and they don’t want to be in our homes anymore than we want them thereso it’s important that we learn to coexist peacefully.
Willis believes he can be better from first six seasons
“I really feel mentally and physically, I’m in the best shape that I’ve been in since I was a rookie,” said Willis, a Pro Bowler in each of his first six seasons. “I feel like mentally, I’m in a place that I’ve never been in before.” The 28-year-old said he’s still as fast as he ever was, but he’s learning new tricks that may help him as his career progresses. “I learned this camp that you don’t have to move as fast if you’re smarter,” Willis said. “It almost looks like you’re not moving at all but you’re making the plays. That’s where I’m trying to get to in my San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis runs drills during NFL football minicamp at the team’s training facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) career.” Despite the sting of last season’s Super Bowl loss, Willis isn’t overanxious for this season to start. He wants to make sure the team puts in its work to prepare for another run at a title.
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“I feel like, for the first time, going into my seventh year now, I really feel like mentally and physically, I’m in the best shape I’ve been in since I was a rookie.” Willis admitted he has been more vocal at practice compared to previous seasons, he doesn’t mind being the leader when called upon. There isn’t much for Willis to improve on because he has been at the top in each of his six seasons in the NFL. However, he feels he has improved his skills and game during the OTAs and minicamps due to preparation every day. Willis has been the franchise player for the 49ers defense since being drafted in 2007. He has consistently been ranked as one of the top players at his position throughout his career. Willis has specialized at tackling and covering assignments in the box but is also great at coverage. Even though the spring practices are not considered to be the most valuable for veteran players, Willis has made an effort to be at practice every day because he wants perfection.
The Evolution of Patrick Willis’ Game
Gonna have to work pretty hard to beat the Niners this decade Jun 19, 2013 12:02 PM this just in: hard work leads to success 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 LBs 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!! 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. 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.
Willis talked about how he wanted to improve his game by playing smarter and not necessarily wanting to rely on his speed. Said Willis: “I learned this camp that you don’t have to move as fast if you’re smarter. It almost looks like you’re not moving at all but you’re making the plays. That’s where I’m trying to get to in my career.” Here’s the crazy thing, though: Willis already plays this way! I mean, yes, he is one of the fastest ILBs I’ve seen. His sideline to sideline speed is not only undeniable, it is also intimidating. But, Willis also has spot-on instincts.
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Yes, Willis said, because now he knows a play before it’s even coming. “I feel just as mobile, but where my comfort comes from the most is the mental side of the game,” Willis said. “The knowledge of the game I’ve been able to gain over the years has allowed me to feel more comfortable making plays. … Mentally, I’m at a place where I feel comfortable and good.