CTE could make retiring at 30 the new norm for NFL stars

Tweet +1 Like Share Pin Reddit Calvin Johnson announcing a likely retirement at the age of 30 is less surprising...
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Calvin Johnson considering retirement

Last offseason saw a future Hall of Fame player retire in the prime of his career when former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis walked away from the game at the age of 30. While we have no idea whether Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will follow suit here, it seems that he is seriously considering retirement. In a press release from the Lions on Wednesday,...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Patrick Willis rumors gaining traction

Former San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis, whose retirement this past March shocked the entire NFL community, was reported by Bleacher Report to be considering a comeback. Considering that Willis is only 30 years old, was arguably the best linebacker in football when he retired, and chose to retire over something as menial as a toe injury, that rumor is not difficult...
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November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-49ers LB Willis issues vehement denial of comeback report

Retired linebacker Patrick Willis on Thursday disputed a published report that he is considering a comeback for the 2016 season.Willis was vehement in his denial of a report by Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, who, citing an anonymous source, suggested that the perennial Pro Bowl selection is "considering coming back from that and we’ll see how he’s able to respond after one year...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Patrick Willis slams reports he’s considering a return

Patrick Willis took to social media to blast a report that he was considering a return to the 49ers in 2016. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report said Wednesday that Willis, who retired at the age of 30 during the offseason, was considering a return to the team next season. Willis caught wind of that story, and he very clearly refuted it with an all-caps denial on social media. “I...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-49ers linebacker Patrick Willis denies report he will return in 2016

Despite a report that surfaced earlier on Thursday, former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis reiterated on social media that his career is over.Willis wrote: "I MADE MY DECISION BACK IN APRIL💯 AND I HAVEN'T THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT IT; NOR‼ PLAYING ANOTHER DOWN IN THE NFL...PERIOD..."Willis, who retired after eight great seasons with the 49ers, amassing 950 tackles, 20.5 sacks...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Patrick Willis Reportedly Considering A Return To 49ers In 2016

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report spoke to a source last night who mentioned that ILB Patrick Willis is considering a return to the 49ers in 2016. Cole admits that Willis is no guarantee to come out of retirement, given that he is still dealing with a serious toe injury, but he’s reportedly at least considering it. 49ers RT Anthony Davis, who retired due to concussion issues during...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Three new additions that will be key to a successful 49ers season

The San Francisco 49ers had an off-season they would like to forget about. Their off-season consisted of free agents lost in Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Chris Culliver, and Perish Cox. It also consisted of early retirements from star players Patrick Willis, and Anthony Davis, and also rookie sensation Chris Borland. AROUND COVER32 Heroes and Goats: Five players who missed the mark...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

3 reasons the San Francisco 49ers shouldn’t be counted out

The San Francisco 49ers for the past three seasons have been a team that was expected to be a playoff team, and a Super Bowl contender. Those expectations are no longer, if you listen to the outside media. The 49ers have an over/under number of 7 according to most Las Vegas odds, which is the lowest it’s been in about 4 years. This is a team that has lost many starters on the defensive...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

What Are The Odds Patrick Willis Will Come Out Of Retirement This Season?

The football loving free world was caught off-guard when San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis announced that he was retiring. He was only 30 and at the top of his game, but he wanted to call it a day while he could still remember walking away. As much as fans hated it, his logic was hard to argue with--but what's to say he will not come back?Lots of guys walk away early...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers 2015 NFL Rookie To Watch

The 49ers rookie to watch in 2015 is their third round pick Eli Harold.  The 49ers defense has had some tough breaks this offseason.  First Chris Borland unexpectedly retires, then Patrick Willis retires,  then DE Justin Smith retires, and just recently Aldon Smith gets in trouble with the law and is booted off the team.  This defense will be looking for someone to step up and...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Three songs to describe the 49ers’ upcoming 2015 season

2015 is definitely one of the most under-hyped seasons in San Francisco 49ers’ history, as the team lost their head coach Jim Harbaugh, along with many key veterans in free agency, retirement or trade. Defensive stars Chris Borland, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis retired, while receiver Michael Crabtree joined the Oakland Raiders, and consistent 1,000-yard rusher Frank Gore joined...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Why you can’t count out a 49ers’ return to the playoffs

It can easily be stated that no team has had a worse offseason than the San Francisco 49ers; the amount of players they lost coupled with head coach Jim Harbaugh is just unfair. Patrick Willis, Justin Smith and Chris Borland all retired due to injuries. Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver left, ditto for offensive stars Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Mike Iupati. you The 49ers went...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings season preview: Week 1 at San Francisco 49ers

The Minnesota Vikings will kick off their 2015 season by visiting San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium on Monday Night Football, and this should be a very intriguing game for both sides. Many are already calling the 49ers’ the worst team in the league after losing virtually all the talent on their roster: Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Chris Borland,...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Early retirement: players call it quits in prime of careers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Patrick Willis walked away first with a nagging toe injury that kept him from being the dominant All-Pro linebacker of his prime. Then his heir apparent and San Francisco teammate Chris Borland followed with his own stunning retirement on the heels of his spectacular rookie season, citing concern about head trauma over a hard-hitting career. Tennessee quarterback...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullying victim Jonathan Martin retiring from NFL

By Vincent Frank Former Miami Dolphins second-round pick Jonathan Martin is best known for being the “victim” in a bullying scandal that surrounded the team during the 2013 season. After his brief stint in Miami, Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers prior to last season. Filling in for an injured Anthony Davis in his only season with San Francisco, Martin started nine...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

You won’t believe this number on the 49ers’ snap losses this offseason

Names tell part of the story, but numbers really put it into perspective. All those 49ers legends like Frank Gore, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith? Gone in a matter of months. Those names will be remembered by San Francisco’s fans forever. There’s always a chance that the new guys that have been brought in will make a name for themselves, but more likely than not all of these...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Three positions the San Francisco 49ers front office should invest more in

One of the positive side-effects of the fallout from the San Francisco 49ers’ atomically bad offseason is a sudden surplus of cap space. With contracts like Justin Smith, Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Patrick Willis’ off the books, the Niners now have around $11 million in cap space and in 2016 that number will jump to about $35.4 million, per Over...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Look to Rebuild, Eye Interesting Prospects

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: San Francisco 49ers defensive line man Lawrence Okoye warms up during a San Francisco 49ers training session at Allianz Park on October 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) The San Francisco 49ers have seemingly been in a tailspin for the past year. After reaching three straight NFC Championship games from 2012-2014...
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July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The San Francisco 49ers should not be written off

The San Francisco 49ers have had quite the nightmare off-season with numerous losses from several key contributors. Some of those players were Pro Bowlers and could be potential Hall of famers. Not many teams would know how to face the predicament of losing the talent the San Francisco 49ers have, but I am here to present reasons as to why they will compete and still be considered...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Face a Difficult Task of Replacing 7 Key Players

The San Francisco 49ers will have to play without 7 time Pro Bowl linebacker, Patrick Willis, who retired at the age of 30 this off-season. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) The San Francisco 49ers will definitely look different this upcoming season. The team will have to manage without current University of Michigan head coach, Jim Harbaugh, who took the 49ers to at least the NFC Championship...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: This tribute to 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is awe-inspiring

I still find it really hard to believe that we won’t see Patrick Willis in a San Francisco 49ers uniform next season. Of all their personnel losses this spring (except perhaps Jim Harbaugh) the Niners are going to miss Willis more than anyone else. This epic retirement tribute from Joseph Vincent will leave you awe-struck. Check it out: AROUND COVER32 Power Rankings: The best...
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June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers implosion will invevitably extend home Super Bowl drought

In case you haven’t noticed, the San Francisco 49ers are a mess. The team was already sliding after a shockingly poor 2014 campaign, but then defensive stalwart Patrick Willis retired, as did rising star Chris Borland. Top free agent Mike Iupati skipped town, as did head coach Jim Harbaugh. Frank Gore is gone and there are legitimate questions about the quarterback position. With...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

49ers implosion will invevitably extend home Super Bowl drought

In case you haven’t noticed, the San Francisco 49ers are a mess. The team was already sliding after a shockingly poor 2014 campaign, but then defensive stalwart Patrick Willis retired, as did rising star Chris Borland. Top free agent Mike Iupati skipped town, as did head coach Jim Harbaugh. Frank Gore is gone and there are legitimate questions about the quarterback position. With...
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June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Who are the top five San Francisco 49ers players of all time?

Who are the five best San Francisco 49ers players of all time? Let’s count them down. 5.  Patrick Willis     The winner of the last vote: Patrick Willis Work has begun — Joseph Brian Vincent (@BoredFilm) June 10, 2015 This recently retired, heavy hitting linebacker, fills the fifth spot as one of San Francisco’s  all time greats.  Willis might...
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