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New Day, Different Honor for Patrick Willis

Posted by Taylor Price on January 14, 2010 – 11:16 AM

The honors keep coming in – but when you finish a 16-game season with 147 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles – would you expect anything different? 

A day after he was named to Sporting News’ All-Pro defense, Patrick Willis has added another significant achievement to his resume. Willis was chosen as a first-team member of the Associated Press’ All-Pro Team.

The 49ers three-time Pro Bowl linebacker was selected by a national media panel alongside Baltimore Raves linebacker Ray Lewis as the NFL’s top middle linebackers from this past season.

While Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year, was a unanimous choice for the first-team, Willis was almost an undisputed selection himself.

He received 49 of 50 first-place votes, the most of any NFL player behind Johnson.

This is the third time Willis has been chosen as an All-Pro, and his second first-team selection. As a rookie he was the only member of his 2007 draft class to be named All-Pro. Last season, Willis missed out on the first-team by one vote, as Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason edged him out.

Punter Andy Lee was selected to the AP’s All-Pro team too, but as a second-teamer in a tie with St. Louis Rams punter Donnie Jones.

It’s Lee’s second All-Pro selection. Lee was a first-team selection along with Willis in 2007.

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27 Responses to “New Day, Different Honor for Patrick Willis”

  1. By bill on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Much deserved. Should have been awarded nfl defensive player of the year.

  2. By Dee on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    I agree!! Willis should have been named “Defensive Player of the Year.” He is a “BEAST”!!! He will get it next year! Go 49ers!!!!

  3. By Alfred Cho on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    left no doubt who the best mlb is and will be for years to come

  4. By brian on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    No defense player of the year? what? are you kidding me!!! look at his stats the last 3 years……….from Wisconsin go niners

  5. By Anthony Romero on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Patrick Willis is the Best Middle Linebacker in the league and should have been Defensive Player of the Year! Next year is our year boys! Go 9ers!!!

  6. By larry on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    totally agree that Willis deserves defensive player of the year he is the mlb in the game go Niners!!!!!

  7. By bighoe on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    wow woodson gets it over da beast p willis atleast when willis was playing d against da punk ass cardinals they couldn’t even move da ball willis is is a monster

  8. By bighoe on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    maybe next yr go niners

  9. By Niner Jan on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    How can we rig it so that we STEAL Chris Johnson from the Tenn. Titans? That would be the STEAL of the DECADE! He is something else!

    And to think that our Patrick got just 1 vote less than CJ.for his special honor.

    Brian, that DPof Y award is on a year-by-year basis; it is not a cumulative award! I can’t figure why CWoodson got the honor over Patrick, but I guess he got the most votes.

    Niner Mom

  10. By Terrell McCray on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Patrick certainly deserves to have won this award. He has been the most consistent defensive player in the league the last 3 years. I know one thing he will just get better every year. Mike Singletary will make sure that he work his tail off and get better. He will win the Superbowl MVP next year go niners.

  11. By PrinceAli on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    P.W is no dout the best MLB in the league. Even over Ray Lewis. The crazy thing is he is just getting started. 3 years old in the league. WOW. Cant wait for next year. Goooo 9ers

  12. By locos9ers on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply


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  14. By Mike on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    No question Patrick Willis is the best defensive player in the league. I’m from Wisconsin as well, and he is much, much more dominant than Woodson or anyone else as far as defensive players go. He will be the defensive player from this era. Go Niners

  15. By Ian Pittman on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t ever remember a linebacker (or even player for that matter) of his caliber that has ever come to a team and not only lead the league in tackles as a rookie in 2007, be selected as an ALL-PRO three times, Pro Bowl three times, and earn NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors all in his first three seasons as a NFL player, but do it with so much class and dignity! What’s even scarier is that he is improving his skills every single season! How much more potential can he develop? Can’t wait to find out!!! It is a pleasure to watch Patrick Willis play every week during the NFL season!

  16. By anthony szeto on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    he should be the nfl denfensive player of the year. he is way better then what’s his name that won. cause patrick can stop the run and pass coverage.what’s his name don’t take on linemans but patrick roll them linemans.he going to be the next LT but playing inside.he stays healthy he will the greatest of all time.

  17. By Las Vegas Joe on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    I have been an NFL fans for many years especially a Niner fan and I haven’t seen a better MLB than Patrick Willis. I like the fact that Patrick is still in the early stages of his career, since he has one of the other best linebacker in the league coaching him. Coach Singletary can help Patrick become one of the greatest of all time while leading us to a few more Super Bowls. Remember we still have five more fingers that would look good with five more rings.

  18. By locos9ers on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    we all the faithful agree on something is best there is and period.go niner.

  19. By The49erfan1 on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    will end up a hall of famer.. no question! GO 49ERS!!!

  20. By Heath on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    PW is the MAN. Woodson had several highlight real plays and his team made the playoffs. When we start making the post season again…ALL the hardware will be in Mr. Willis’ trophy case. Can’t wait for the 2010 Niners to return to the top of the NFC West. Love my 9ers! from Ohio

  21. By adam on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    charles woodsonn did deserve defensive player of the year. but the fact that Willis was not even in the top 5 is embarrassing. Stats wise he was easily top 3

  22. By will on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    willis is a monster i love to watch him play his is one of the fastest out there every sunday i have seen him chase down people i thought was gone i would be sitting there saying no no no and then i would see number 52 never giving up never slowing down and then would throw him down and always try to strip the ball you guys and women remember the o8 season against the jets when willis knock the sh it out of that guy dont remember his name but it was shown over espn for a month the fact that he wasnt named dpty was a rip off if the niners would have finished 11 and 5 then he would have i have said it a thousand time we will get them next year coach sing is doing great things next year lets try nate davis i loved the way he played this preseason too hell with smith and hill they suck they always have and will and dont care if they play good for a game i want them to be good every game i would rather have m. robinson at q.b then smith or hill oh well thats my thought peace out from san antonio texas niner fan for lifeeeee

  23. By Bentley on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    You guys are stupid. Charles Woodson got defensive mvp because of his great defense but more importantly out of respect. Everyone knows Patrick Willis will have his time in the future. Don’t get me wrong, patrick willis is good but you cant compare him to a corner, seriously. Another factor to Woodson getting defensive mvp is the Packers record.

  24. By Paul Posada on Jan 16, 2010 | Reply

    I admire the tenacity and the grid iron that #52, Patric Willis displayed for the last 3 years, he is truly an example of a great football player with class. When he plays he does not show boat but rather plays to encourage the other defensive players to work to their capacity. Bravo! Now, as for the offensive coordinator, Mr. Raye must go as well as Alex Smith. I know marijuana is decriminalized in CA but how did the niners pay $21 M for a rookie with a no-name college–where they High?
    I understand he had to know the offensive playbook by the former 4 eggheads, but he does not throw the ball very well and that is not the coordinators fault. Niners need to stock up on offensive players and as previously mention a new offensive coordinator, please.

  25. By Gax on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Alex Smith is gunna do great things….Crabtree, VERNON Davis, Gore….we’re set

  26. By Gax on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    The D speak for themselves. we’re SOLID

  27. By san fran man on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    first off,,woodson did some great things this past year,but a true fan knows how hard it is to play middle line backer,, especially in a 3-4 defense,,and i hate the packers so it bothers me even more tht woodson got it..he scored more than patrick,,so f’in what..try tackling as many guys a game and see how long you last woodson,,get rid of alex he is wayyy too inconsistent,,,he wont stay in the pocket and take tht hit tht real quaterbacks know they are gonna get but have to stand in there to complete the pass,,alex runs away,,,he is afraid of getting hit and he has got to go.give the ball to nate davis,,try and get chad pennington for the upcoming season,,he has proven himself to be at the very least a decent qb,,, and with our running game a avg qb should be able to get the job done,,let nate learn from chad and the rest will take care of itself…long live bill walsh and eddie debartolo

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