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Willis Named First-Team All-Pro

Posted by Sam Good on January 24, 2011 – 1:37 PM

At this point, it’s almost becoming a routine for Patrick Willis.

Four seasons into his NFL career, and now the 49ers inside linebacker has as many All-Pro selections. On Monday the Associated Press announced its All-Pro Team, and sure enough, Willis was on the list – first team.

This marks the third time Willis has been named first-team All-Pro, and he also has one second-team selection.

The 6-foot-1, 240 pounder was one of just two defensive players to make the first team for a second consecutive season.

Despite missing the 49ers’ Week 17 win over the Arizona Cardinals with a broken hand, Willis still led the team with 153 tackles in 2010. He finished second in tackles-for-loss (seven) and sacks (six), and also forced two fumbles.

Perhaps equally as important as his statistics was the leadership Willis provided throughout the season. He was one of the team’s vocal and emotional leaders, and continued to push himself and his teammates despite the disappointing results.

Willis was also named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl this season, but he will not participate in Sunday’s NFL All-Star Game because of the broken hand.

Here’s a list of the 2010 NFL All-Pro First Team:

Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England.
Running Backs: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City; Arian Foster, Houston.
Fullback: Vonta Leach, Houston.
Tight End Jason Witten, Dallas.
Wide Receivers: Roddy White, Atlanta; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis.
Tackles: Jake Long, Miami; Joe Thomas, Cleveland.
Guards: Logan Mankins, New England; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.
Center: Nick Mangold, New York Jets.
Kicker: Billy Cundiff, Baltimore.
Kick Returner: Devin Hester, Chicago.

Ends: Julius Peppers, Chicago; John Abraham, Atlanta.
Tackles: Haloti Ngata, Baltimore; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit.
Outside Linebackers: Clay Matthews, Green Bay; James Harrison, Pittsburgh.
Inside Linebackers: Patrick Willis, San Francisco; Jerod Mayo, New England.
Cornerbacks: Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland; Darrelle Revis, New York Jets.
Safeties: Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh; Ed Reed, Baltimore.
Punter: Shane Lechler, Oakland.

Posted in Announcements | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Willis Named First-Team All-Pro”

  1. By kenny on Jan 24, 2011 | Reply

    he good we all love you in 2011

  2. By niner4life on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply


  3. By dg on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    Nate Davis is better than Tom Brady, and we let him GO! Waaaaaaahhhh Waaahhhh Waaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!

  4. By Clark Zapper on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, Patrick is the man! The Linebacker that will lead all others in the HOF.

  5. By ninerlover213 on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    andy lee should have been on this list. HOF punter on the way buddy!

  6. By victor on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    your the rawest player ever

  7. By Sabina #1 niners on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats P WILLIS you are the best bar none!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By Sabina #1 niners on Jan 25, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats P WILLIS you are the greatest player bar none!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By jose cisneros on Jan 26, 2011 | Reply

    congrats Willis and N. Davis was let go becuz he had trouble picking up the playbook wit his learnin disability.

  10. By Ty 49ers#1 on Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    Yes. Willis is my favorite player on the team. I am his biggest fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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