San Francisco 49ers: Why Patrick Willis Is Team's Most Important Veteran

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San Francisco 49ers: Why Patrick Willis Is Team's Most Important Veteran
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Patrick Willis is the most important veteran on the San Francisco 49ers.

After experiencing years of mediocrity, San Francisco erupted last season as a Super Bowl contender. The 49ers went 13-3 and won their first NFC West title since 2002.

None of it would have been possible without Patrick Willis.

Willis, the 49ers' defensive captain, is one of the most intimidating linebackers in the entire league. He keys the stingy San Francisco defense, and no linebacker in the league can match his all-around skill set.

For these reasons and many more, Willis is the San Francisco 49ers' most important veteran.

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