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Former 49’ers LB Patrick Willis Doesn’t Regret Walking Away from the Game When He Did

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.”

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