San Francisco 49ers fan has ultimate team tribute tattoo across his back


Given the number of atrocious athlete tribute tattoos we have shown you over the years here on LBS, it is with great pleasure that we show you one that is actually not all that bad. In fact, it’s pretty impressive.

A Twitter user who goes by @OH_Kai_ shared the photo you see above with Patrick Willis over the weekend, who decided it was worth passing along to his more than 250,000 followers.

“Wow! I can’t say I have ever seen myself tatted on someone before,” Willis wrote. “That’s wild! Thanks.”

As you can see, the ink includes Willis, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Bill Walsh and some other Niners legends. The most important thing is that the artwork is well done, which is much more than we can say for tattoos like this and this. Don’t worry, I’m sure someone will come along who makes us lose our faith in tribute tattoos again very shortly.

H/T The Big Lead

Patrick Willis says he cried when Tennessee didn’t recruit him in high school

Patrick-Willis-NinersSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis had dreams growing up like any other kid who plays football. And like most others, not all of them came true. In the long term, Willis achieved his goal. He is an NFL linebacker and arguably the best in the game. However, Willis had one let down when he was still in high school that he says brought him to tears.

Willis grew up in Bruceton, Tenn. with dreams of playing for the University of Tennessee. To his disappointment, the Vols never showed any interest.

“I wanted to go there so bad,” Willis told The Tennessean on Monday. “After every (high school) game my dad and I would get in the car and drive five hours to go to Knoxville to watch them play on an unofficial visit. This was on our gas money and our time. I just wanted to show them how bad I wanted to be there.”

It apparently had no effect. Tennessee never recruited Willis at any point during his senior year of high school. He ended up at Ole Miss, and from there he went on to be selected by the Niners in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Everything worked out for the best, but Willis was not shy in discussing how crushed he was that the Vols didn’t want him.

“I can’t forget being there and you have all these other big-time recruits there and they are shaking their hands and the coaches are talking to them,” he explained. “The coaches never shook my hand. They never talked to me. …

“I’ll never forget getting in the car with my foster dad and we’re riding home and I cried. I cried, not because I was sad, but more so because I knew how badly I wanted to be a Tennessee Vol. I knew what type of player I could be.”

Tennessee missed out. Ole Miss is glad they did. As Willis put it, “The Lord had a plan for me.” Had he gone to Tennessee, who knows if he would have ended up being drafted by San Francisco. Considering the Niners are about to compete for a Super Bowl, I’d say the Vols did him a favor.

H/T SbB Live

Patrick Willis: It’s 49ers’ destiny to reach Super Bowl

The 49ers were a win short of reaching the Super Bowl last season, and Patrick Willis believes they will make it there this season.

The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker told our friend Stiletto Jill that it’s San Francisco’s destiny to play in the Super Bowl this season.

“The only thing stopping us is ourselves,” Willis told Stiletto Jill during the week. “We have the talent, It’s our destiny to be there. We have the coach. It’s just us in that locker room.”

The 49ers won the NFC West with a 13-3 record last season. After getting a first-round bye in the playoffs, they beat the Saints at home before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants.

The Niners are 6-2 this season and have lost at Minnesota and at home to the Giants. Though their defense is the top-ranked unit in the league, the 26-3 loss to the Giants proves that they still have a long ways to go in order to reach the big game in February. The Bears and Falcons probably will have a big say about whether San Francisco reaches their destiny.

Sorry to break it to you, Willis, but I think one of a few teams are going to keep you from reaching the Super Bowl.

Patrick Willis responds to Matt Millen criticism: Who is this guy?

In addition to being a well-known ESPN analyst, Matt Millen is also a former NFL player. As a two-time All Pro and four-time Super Bowl champion linebacker, Millen knows a little something about playing the position Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman play. During an interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco on Monday, Millen said Willis and Bowman had the worst game he’s ever seen them play on Sunday against the Giants. This did not sit well with Willis.

Willis joined the same station later in the day and brushed off Millen’s comments by basically ignoring the fact that he was once a player.

“Whoever this Matt Millen guy is, I’d like to ask him if he could do what we do every day and do what we do for 16 games a year and see if he can hold up every game,” Willis said according to Sports Radio Interviews. “I doubt he would. I doubt he would be able to consistently play at a high level as Bowman and I do. I really don’t care about what this guy has to say.”

I’m no big-time Millen fan, but I’d say you have to play at a pretty high level consistently to be a part of four Super Bowl teams. Willis also ripped Millen for being so hard on the Niners after one bad game, which is more fair than accusing him of not knowing what life in the NFL is like.

Millen may have a poor reputation as an analyst and former general manager of the Lions, but it seemed like Willis legitimately didn’t know he used to play. That’s pretty surprising coming from a player who plays the same position he did.

Helmet know to Pro Football Talk

Patrick Willis backs Alex Smith in the wins-stats debate

Alex Smith started a mini-firestorm when he cited Cam Newton as an example of why passing yards don’t matter too much as a stat. Newton’s teammate Jon Beason, a linebacker with the Panthers, supported his quarterback by challenging Smith’s credentials.

Not to be outdone, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis chimed in via Twitter late Friday night:

It’s a sweet gesture from Willis, but like I said when Beason made his statement, neither passing stats nor wins is the proper way to evaluate a quarterback. Without the dominant Willis-led defense, Smith’s win-loss record wouldn’t be very good. Give Cam Newton the 49ers’ defense, and he would have won double-digit games.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Patrick Willis: Unimpressed by David Carr

While some teams were busy in free agency inking guys such as Julius Peppers and Antrel Rolle, others were busy wooing the likes of David Carr. 49ers star linebacker Patrick Willis was unimpressed with the Niners’ efforts and voiced his opinion on his twitter account in some matter-of-fact, yet humorous posts:

we have 3 qb’s that are better then him. That’s a waste of his time.

I’m saying if we going to go get another qb. spend money on a difference maker. Like vick.

I would rather stick with my qb’s now then sign carr.

I know what alex has and I have seen carr play. Ill take my chances with *alex*

I’m pretty sure Willis meant “than” sign Carr in that third tweet because it’s obvious he’s not interested in David. I’m in agreement with Willis. David Carr does not at all appear to be an upgrade over Alex Smith nor Shaun Hill. He might be comparable to the two but not better and certainly not worth spending a couple of million dollars a season on. Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat found the comments to be out of character for Willis but I support what he wrote 100%.