Former Rebel Patrick Willis Hopeful for 2019 Hall of Fame Induction

Former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis moves in for a tackle against Missouri. Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.

Former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis will be on the ballot for the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of 76 former FBS players and coaches on this year’s ballot.

Willis, the 11th overall selection of the 2007 NFL draft, is one of the most decorated defensive players in Ole Miss football history. He was a consensus All-American in 2006 when he won the Butkus Award and Lambert Trophy as the nation’s best linebacker. He led the Southeastern Conference in tackles in two of his four years and was selected to the most first-team All-American squads (13) ever by a Rebel player in a single season. As a first-team All-American in 2005 and 2006, he went on to receive two SEC Defensive Player of the Year awards.

After winning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in his 2007 debut season with the San Francisco 49ers, Willis went on to enjoy an eight-year NFL career. He made seven Pro Bowls and was voted All-Pro five times. One of the best defensive players of his era, he finished with career totals of 950 combined tackles (732 solo, 218 assists), 20.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, five fumbles recovered, eight interceptions and two defensive TDs.

Willis looks to join a small group of 12 Ole Miss alums in the hallowed halls—the first since Wesley Walls in 2014.

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  1. Very deserving candidate, and a great example to young players. Character and integrity are a part of the selection process, and Patrick is blessed with an abundance of both. Best to P Willie!


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