Willis Hungry to Improve on First Six Seasons

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Willis Hungry to Improve on First Six Seasons
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Shortly before middle linebacker Patrick Willis walked off the 49ers' practice field Thursday as one of 31 players with perfect attendance in the offseason program, he spoke to the entire team. Willis' role as a leader is not at all forced. Early in his career, Willis was the team's best defensive player, but he seemed uncomfortable in a role of leadership.

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