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Willis Named NFC Def. Player of the Week

Posted by Taylor Price on October 12, 2011 – 9:41 AM

Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis remains as one of the game’s most entertaining players. He continued his stellar play against the Bucs, as the 49ers star linebacker totaled 18 tackles and a fumble recovery in a 48-3 win over Tampa Bay.

For his effort, Willis has been named as the NFC’s Week 5 Defensive Player of the Week.

Willis joins Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (offense), and Packers kicker Mason Crosby (special teams) as the NFC’s players of the week.

Here’s more information on Willis’ achievement:

-Willis had a team-best and season-high 18 tackles and recovered a fumble in the 49ers’ 48-3 win over Tampa Bay. It marked his most tackles in a game since 2008 (22 tackles, 10/5/08 vs. New England).

-Willis led a defense that held the Buccaneers to three points and 272 total net yards (86 rushing, 186 passing).

-The 49ers recorded three takeaways (two interceptions, one fumble) and three sacks. San Francisco leads the NFC with 14 takeaways and a +10 turnover differential.

-The 45-point margin of victory was the team’s largest since Super Bowl XXIV (San Francisco 55, Denver 10).

-In his fifth year from Mississippi, this is Willis’ first career Player of the Week Award.

-He is the first 49ers linebacker to be honored since 2006 (Brandon Moore, Week 9).

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34 Responses to “Willis Named NFC Def. Player of the Week”

  1. By rjd niner on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply


  2. By overthemiddle on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats to Willis. We in Niner land already no how valuable this football player is.

  3. By whosbetterthanus? Nobody Jr on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    “Hands On” at its Finest!

  4. By JasoXFlash on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Got me a #21 FG jersey. Now gonna get me PW #52…

  5. By Erbie Smothers on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Patrick, all of us in your hometown of Hollow Rock and Bruceton Tennessee are very proud of you. May God continue to bless your life in a special way. Stay humble and stay hungry! Go Niners!!! Ernie Smothers

  6. By 49er4life on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I got my first jersey last year and it was #52 Willis and every time I see him in a play I yell at the tv saying HE’S A BEAST. I love u Willis and CONGRATS to u and the rest of the niners.

  7. By PAninersfan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    jasoXflash, not trying to be rude but you should of already had a frank gore an a patrick willis jersey. lol……… go give the lions there 1st loss 9ers. sick of hearing people saying ” are the niners for real “. HELL YH THEY ARE 4 REAL. GO NINERS!!!!!!! love goes out to the niners an the real fans, GOD BLESS.

  8. By Evangelist7 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I am glad to see Alex Smith play comfortable and with poise. Niners fans we are watching something special in the making. did not want to see morgan go down but this might be the push to see Crabtree explode and no one can stop our 2TE’s. Lions offense is explosive but they can be scored on and they have not shown to be able to sustain long drives that is why they air it out.

    Prediction: 49ers27,llions17

  9. By Randy K. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Is this because Navorro Bowman is there to back him up so he can gamble more? Anyway tis great for our beloved Niners to be back in the hunt again!

  10. By 49er4life on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Good point PAninersfan. I’m so sick of hearing that too. We are for real and there going to find that out week by week as we progress. There be saying the same thing after we beat the lions too.

  11. By Lamar Osborne on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Congrats PW. Go Niners

  12. By abe37 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    the best Linebacker in the NFL and will be a Hall of Famer one day. Congrats Patrick Willis!!! Keep working hard 49ers!!

  13. By JASON on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply


  14. By randy49er on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    been a long time since i’ve felt this good about the team and not just Willis or Gore, Davis

  15. By niner4life on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply


  16. By 49erstruckgold on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I always knew Willis was going to be a formidable defender for the long run which is why I got his away jersey. Any time the 49ers are on the road I know that Willis will be anchoring this defense and not allowing anyone to run all over us! 49er for life!!!

  17. By foduceoh on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    hard work pays off,that why he takes no days off.

  18. By KDB on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    DATTTTA BOY PW!!!!!!!!

  19. By Ojay on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations and God Bless Patrick Wiilis and the rest of the defense. My advice to the 49ers team. Don’t get cocky stay humble and focused on each opponent week by week. GO NINERS!

  20. By HeavyMetal9er on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Willis is the poster-beast of the 49ers!

  21. By Randy Regal on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’m shocked thats his first NFC Defensive Player of the Week. He has had some great games and thats his first. Has to be a mistake!!

  22. By 49fSINCE '67 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Absolutely no one better!!!

  23. By John Perez on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply


  24. By G9ners on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The Buck game-awesome!Congratulation PW u r the only consistent player year in & year out.

  25. By cliq-claq on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    speaking of jerzeys earlier ……. i have a WILLIS, CRABTREE, LOTT, RICE, MONTANA, and GORE……waiting on christmas for my DAVIS…GO NINERS!!!!

  26. By nrek49 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    To cliq claq stop braggin ya I clicked thumbs down Its not about you its about the team cant win with you cant play with we want winners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JK, LETS GO NINERS its been great hearing all niner talk in media.

  27. By Vordulin on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Congratz Willis! Great game team!

  28. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply


    GO 49ERS>>>>>>>5 and 1 THIS SUNDAY>>>>>>>LETS WIN THE REST>>>>>>>

  29. By tony hallerman on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    congrats patrick and 9ers team always believed in you that this would happen now let’s make playoffs so everyone will get off my back

  30. By Rafal on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Congratulations Patrick! GO NINERS!

  31. By NinerFanFromTonga on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Great job PW, Alex Smith, Gore, Hunter, Aldon Smith, the entire Offensive Line and the entire SF49ers Team. We love you all the way from Tonga in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Go Niners Go!!!!!

  32. By Niners21 on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy K…I agree with Bowan it helps but dont take away from a warrior that played his heart out when we had NO ofense but Frank, Our D was on the field more than any other and #52 worked his—off every play with heart & no give up!!!

  33. By BleedREDnGOLD on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    To the greatest franchise in history …Montana, Rice, Willis, Gore, Davis, Crabtree, Goldson, Craig, Lott, Hearst, T.O, Young, Clark…. And the list goes on for days…well lets keep playin hard n its back 2 the playoffs for us, n maybe another RING….GO 9ERS!!

  34. By Francisco on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    The world is finally at peace. The greatest NFL franchise will regain its top form! Through the GOOD AND THE BAD TIMES 49ER FOR LIFE! Remember, not everyone can handle the pressure that comes with such a prestigious team. Willis Take your Throne!

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