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It is well known Patrick Willis likes having Takeo Spikes next to him inside. Here are some of the comments Willis has made:
“There’s no doubt: I do want him back. If they were to ask me right now, at this very moment, I’d say: “What do I need to do to make that happen?’’’
“Takeo is like the better half of me,’’ Willis said. “He’s a guy I watch day in and day out and that, honestly, raises my level of play. You look at the film and you’re like, ‘He’s been in the league for 13 years?’
“It’s amazing he wasn’t on the Pro Bowl or at least as a first-team alternate.”
“Hopefully, we’ll get the opportunity to play again next year and make this thing happen the way it’s supposed to happen around here,’’ he said.
This may sound strange, but In a weird way, it is almost like Willis has earned the right to keep Spikes.
And Spikes has earned the right to stay a 49er.