If Patrick Willis leaves the NFL too soon, how many people he has met in the past three years will also ask: When would it have been too late?
After his surprising decision to retire after the 2014 season after eight years in the NFL, Willis said Tuesday on The 49ers Insider Podcast that he never underestimated his decision to go away – while his Feet still enabled him to go.
"For me, I felt it was the perfect time – my body, everything," Willis said. I have never started to play this game for others' expectations, or what they should do and how to do it.
"I believed in myself before anyone else saw it Has. I never give that into the hands of others. So for me it was the right time. "
Willis had an incredible run with the 49ers. He was selected with the No. 1
Injured for injury in the first six games in 2014 and injured in 2014. In March 2015, he announced his retirement from the NFL.
"I used to say, if I did not have the passion to play anymore, I would let it go and pass it on to the next one (man)," Willis said. "And I feel like I'm doing it with NaVorro (Bowman)
Bowman and Willis teamed for three seasons to form one of the most devastating linebacker combinations the league has ever seen, and Willis said his passion at the end e of his career because of the pain he had to endure has waned to play at the highest level.
Bowman suffered severe knee and Achilles tendon injuries in the 49ers. The club has fired him last season. After playing the last 10 games of 2017 with the Raiders, Bowman, now 30, remains an unsigned free agent.
Willis said that he feels physically much better. He can still train and stay in shape, but he is unable to push his body enough to withstand the rigors of the NFL.
When Willis left the NFL, he said he was not great. Wish to continue to be involved in football.
But now he shares his knowledge with a linebacker online course on "CoachTube." Willis has a tutorial, "Build the Beast," which deals with warm-up exercises
Willis said he enjoys going to the field and demonstrating some of the exercises and techniques he has perfected during his career. But he is not sure if he wants to make the life-changing commitment needed to train football full-time.
"This game has taken up most of my life," said Willis. "For me, right now and where I'm in this room, I do not see this path for me at this time, maybe later, when I'm in my 40's or something."