After his surprising decision to retire following the 2014 season after eight years in the NFL, Patrick Willis said Tuesday on The 49ers Insider Podcast that he has never second-guessed his decision to walk away – while his feet still enabled him to walk, Matt Maiocco of NBC Bayarea reports.
“For me, I felt like it was the perfect time — my body, everything,” Willis said. “The stars aligned for me. I never set out to play this game for anyone else’s expectations or what they thought I should do and how I should do it.
“I believed in myself before anyone else saw it. I never put that in anybody else’s hands. So for me, it was the right time.”
“I always told myself when I no longer had the passion to play, I would let it go and pass it on to the next (man) up,” Willis said. “And I feel like I was able to do that to NaVorro (Bowman) and continue on my path in life.”