Defense wins championships. But these days it’s a certain kind of defense. Check out our NFC all-pro defense to see who excels.
When you’re down in the Big Easy and craving some traditional cuisine or a cocktail to wet your pallet, do you really know the players you need to know for the trip to New Orleans?
San Francisco had the most players selected, nine, including six from its second-ranked defense.
Patrick Willis has become the face of the San Francisco 49er franchise. He is the middle linebacker on a team know for its defensive prowess. As his teammates have stepped up their level of play, he has been able to focus more on his position, and the result is a top tier defense. Willis has also made an impact off the field where he remains involved in the community and is someone who realizes that he is in a position to help those around him.
NaVorro Bowman was never viewed as a dominant player, but after waiting for his chance he has made a name for himself. The young linebacker has quickly become one of the best to play the position, and can one day be as good as the man he plays next to, Pro Bowler Patrick Willis. Either way, the two form a duo that is second to none and has led to the 49ers dominance against opposing teams’ running backs.
The news this week around 49er camp is the naming of Patrick WIllis as NFC Defensive Player of the Week. However, he has had to share the headlines with Brandon Jacobs, who has announced that he is ready to get back on the field.
NFL fans who are up to date will know that Patrick Willis has been the best inside linebacker in the league for the last three or four years.
The 49ers and Patriots each placed eight players on the 2012 Pro Bowl rosters, followed by the Ravens and Packers, who had eight players selected.
Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis has undergone an MRI exam on his injured right hamstring and his status for Sunday’s game at Arizona is unclear.
The Thanksgiving food drive got off to an early start in Silicon Valley today with several 49ers players on hand to help kick things off.