Patrick Willis Desperately Wanted to Play for Tennessee – and the Vols Passed

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Patrick Willis Desperately Wanted to Play for Tennessee – and the Vols Passed
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It's not so great to be a Tennessee Vol, at least not lately if you're a football fan. The program is struggling, and if the fans weren't feeling bad enough, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis added another punch to the gut during a pre-Super Bowl interview. Willis is the best inside linebacker in the NFL, and has been for a few years. He went to Ole Miss and played on some bad teams, but was the 11th overall pick of the draft in 2007 and has dominated in the pros ever since.

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