Patrick Willis

Source: Patrick Willis is retiring after religious awakening

Patrick Willis SF 49ers

In what has already been an extremely tumultuous offseason, the 49ers will now suffer perhaps their biggest blow yet: They are losing their All Pro and likely future Hall of Fame linebacker Patrick Willis to retirement, a source close to the organization said early Monday.

Willis has experienced a religious awakening of sorts, according to a source, and has decided to hang up his cleats as a result. Whispers surfaced late last week that the 49ers would be losing one of their most prized players unexpectedly. The player they are losing could not have been more important.

After being picked in the first round of the 2007 draft, Willis has been a stalwart on the 49ers defense. Now the 49ers will look to rookie sensation Chris Borland to fill his role permanently.

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TGO
TGO

What does a "religious awakening" have to do with playing football? Can't one do both? Plenty of religious guys play the game.

chickenfried234
chickenfried234

Pretty sure willis is in a better position to make the right decision for himself than others are :p

TGO
TGO

@chickenfried234 



Never said he wasn’t.More of a curiosity type question.(This is a comment/discussion forum, after all).At the end of the day, I wish PW all the best, as I’m sure you do, too.Speaking as a fan, he will be missed on the football field.


Now, back to the topic --- you take a devoutly religious man like Tim Tebow --- that dude would LOVE to be playing football right now.Obviously, one can do both.One activity doesn’t preclude the other.That’s the only point I was trying to make.I’m sure you can understand that. :p

chickenfried234
chickenfried234

Just seemed silly IMO to question a personal decision. He wanted/needed to, does it matter what other people choose?

Pizza Mike
Pizza Mike

The 49ers just became less classy. Hall of Fame player. Sits out one year. May comeback for a team of his choosing. Whatever Patrick Willis chooses to do he has certainly won the respect of the fans and his peers.

JedYorkSucks
JedYorkSucks

The "religious awakening" is code for "Jed York is a clown and I'm outta here!"

Jed York is a cancer and as long as he owns the 49ers, they will continue to sink like the Titanic.This idiot took a world-class franchise and moved them from a world-class city to a world-class sh-t-hole! Good going you buffoon! 

califdug
califdug

Patrick Willis is and always has been a Class Act. Perhaps things would have worked out differently if there was more confidence and less disarray with the G.M. and coaching staff.

Slam
Slam

Napolean Kaufman did the same thing .... obviously he wasn't as good as Willis. But he seems happy, coaching High School football, preaching at his church ... I hope Patrick has a great fulfilling content life !

guest
guest

Willis, Smith, Gore were not drafted by Baalke so they are gone. Baalke is petty and vindictive and Jed York is letting Baalke do it.


JedYorkSucks
JedYorkSucks

@guest Jed York is a moron and I mean that in the literal sense of the word...This clown needs to go!

SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

I unfollowed him because he was posting shit from "Dr." Myles Munroe constantly. He's a christian bigot. I can get behind Christians who do humanitarian work and try to make the world better, but if that's the guy he's modeling himself after then I can't say I think much of him as a person.


This is the guy who said this lovely gem and much more.


"What is this deception? It is the unnatural attraction and relations between human species of the same sex or gender attempting to normalize the unnatural under the guise of being normal. Even though this unnatural behavior disguises itself under many labels, it is generally described as Homosexuality. The word itself incorporates its basic premise and that is, it is primarily sex driven. Those who have decided to embrace, practice, encourage, and surrendered and succumb to its passions, and they desire to dignify, promote and civilize this “lifestyle” over the past generation have become more aggressive even to the point of violence in some instances. This strategy seem to be one of fear mongering, psychological battery, and the selling of self-pity and abuse. Terms like bigot, hate crime, closed minded, conservative, anti-human, anti-civil, bulling, and the most common, phobia, are used to isolate the mainstream of humanity painting them as unloving, insensitive, ungodly, human haters, unsympathetic and uncivilized."


Yes, yes. Let's demonize LGBT people for even existing. 


Here's hoping you stay away from that toxic crap and get into a better brand of christianity (maybe one that takes Jesus' advice?), Patrick.

T
T

@Pulgas de Brent Burns good riddance.  Dont want this sort of presence in the locker room. Shows that christianity is the most danger religion in the world.

NinerFanForever
NinerFanForever

@Pulgas de Brent Burns


Wow, really?


Brand of Christianity? That is a telling comment. Many people want to create their own brand, like they are moving down the line at a spiritual self-serve buffet. Heap a giant helping of what you like (that reinforces what you want to do) and leave anything that you don't like (might cramp your style).  I don't know the man who is quoted above, but he appears to be commenting on the radical LGBT (stand by for more letters..) political machine that has sought to marginalize and silence the majority of society to the point where no variance from their narrow beliefs is to be tolerated...and they demonize anyone who speaks out with a different view. Can you provide some evidence to counter his points rather than take the intellectually lazy ("toxic crap") but culturally tolerated path of merely parroting the LGBT sanitized and approved talking points, and using name calling to avoid having to articulate a thoughtful response that can be critiqued?


Before you speak on Christianity, it might be good to familiarize yourself with its basic tenets. Jesus did not advise His followers to promote or tolerate the point of view you seem to espouse. Specifically, what advice are you advising Patrick Willis to consider or to live by? Please provide chapter, verse and the general context of His instruction.


As a Christian, I not surprisingly know a great number of other Christians. Among my acquaintances, I know none who are openly hostile to individuals comprising the LGBT

community, but many who vigorously resist the "let me cram my rigid views down your throat and if you disagree you are a homophobic bigot" attitude.


Your comments about Christianity being the most dangerous religion in the world are beyond absurd. Are you oblivious to what is going on in the world today? 


Regardless of his spiritual inclinations, I would wish Mr. Willis a great retirement from football, thank him for he effort and contribution he made to 49er football, and wish him success in whatever endeavors his interests, talents and convictions would dictate. 

Slam
Slam

@NinerFanForever @Pulgas de Brent Burns  The far left Liberal kooks are just as dangerous, myopic, and hateful as the religious far right homophobes.


There's gotta be a healthy balance somewhere in the middle, a reasonable basic respect for someone else's opinions, amiright ?

SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

@NinerFanForever @Pulgas de Brent Burns


"Before you speak on Christianity, it might be good to familiarize yourself with its basic tenets. Jesus did not advise His followers to promote or tolerate the point of view you seem to espouse. Specifically, what advice are you advising Patrick Willis to consider or to live by? Please provide chapter, verse and the general context of His instruction."


I was a christian for over 20 years. I was studying to be in ministry. If you're anything like most christians I've talked to, I probably know the bible way better than you do.


Mark 12:31. Try that for starters. I don't think advocating for the oppression of gay people is loving your neighbor as yourself. 


Matthew 25:40. He advocates feeding the poor. Like I said, there's good elements to christianity we can all get behind. Except things like feeding the poor take a backseat to demonizing gay people.


I can go on and on with scriptures of things directly from Jesus' mouth and not one of them will have anything to do with gay people, good or bad. 


"he appears to be commenting on the radical LGBT (stand by for more letters..) political machine that has sought to marginalize and silence the majority of society to the point where no variance from their narrow beliefs is to be tolerated.."


Not tolerated? Is someone outlawing being a homophobe? No. If you don't like that's it not socially acceptable, I'm sure there's plenty of racist bigots who'll console you and feel some compassion for your plight. Meanwhile, christians are actively working to use the law to keep rights away from LGBT people. When people start outlawing your religion, then you can complain. For now though, you're working awful hard to play the victim.


"As a Christian, I not surprisingly know a great number of other Christians. Among my acquaintances, I know none who are openly hostile to individuals comprising the LGBT"


You don't have to be holding a "god hates f*gs" sign to be hostile. Supporting laws, churches and politicians who are actively working against gay rights is just as bad. At least the people holding those signs aren't ashamed to admit they're bigots.


"Your comments about Christianity being the most dangerous religion in the world are beyond absurd. Are you oblivious to what is going on in the world today?"


Where did I say that? Point to it.



SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

@Slam @NinerFanForever @Pulgas de Brent Burns I don't hate religion. I do hate the brand of religion that seeks to oppress other people. If you think that's dangerous, intolerant or whatever so be it. I believe in live and let live until someone is actively advocating for harm against a group of people.

ozerugad
ozerugad

Radical Islamists murder people everyday and you dare say that Christianity is the most dangerous religion in the world?? Wow. It makes no sense that the people who call themselves "tolerant" are tolerant of every view except the one that they disagree with.

NinerFanForever
NinerFanForever

@Pulgas de Brent Burns @NinerFanForever


My apologies on misquoting you on the point apparently posted by "T."It is not my desire to mischaracterize what you say. I'm glad to hear you don't hold that belief.


In regard to whether you or I know the Scriptures better, that really is not the point. The Scriptures state what they state. Your reference to Mark 12:31 seemingly implies that you believe that unless someone agrees with your particular viewpoint of acceptable human sexual expression (which you have not actually explained), they are thereby not loving, but oppressors of the various members of the groups you have alluded to.... but how exactly is that so? 


If I believe that the Bible is authoritative for determining belief and practice, how is my adherence to a particular doctrinal understanding in any way equivalent to oppressing anyone? In your estimation, is it better for me to remain silent to my neighbor if he or she is involved in something the Scriptures indicate will lead to their destruction? I would grant you that a fair number of Christians may single out this "category" in a way that may seem disproportionate in relationship to its mention in Scripture. Many people are more comfortable with being vocal in areas which they view as non-problematic in their lives... but the principal in Scripture isn't limited to same-sex relationships...heterosexuals are under the same obligation to lead sexually moral lives.



(Your statement)

"Not tolerated? Is someone outlawing being a homophobe? No. If you don't like that's it not socially acceptable, I'm sure there's plenty of racist bigots who'll console you and feel some compassion for your plight. Meanwhile, christians are actively working to use the law to keep rights away from LGBT people. When people start outlawing your religion, then you can complain. For now though, you're working awful hard to play the victim."



So, Christians who believe Christian doctrine are now equivalent with "racist bigots?" That statement is the embodiment of bigotry.

So, are we bound to never express our beliefs, and to never let our beliefs affect our decision-making? Is that loving? Am I obligated by "love" to embrace their lifestyle choices, and not only that, but to wholeheartedly celebrate them, lest I be deemed a bigot for adhering to beliefs held by the majority of Christ's followers for some 2000 years? It's not enough to let people do what they do. Must you insist that everyone be in agreement?


Can you not see how a Christian who believes the Bible would feel bound to adhere to his beliefs, even in the face of opposition, and actually feel compassion for those who, from his perspective, are seriously wrong in their understanding and in serious danger by their practice? You say you studied for years. Did you not attach any weightiness to the content of Scripture? If not, why did  

you waste your time studying something you don't believe?


And what about the use of the word homophobe to avoid any serious discussion or dialogue? How could you possibly know if I am somehow fearful of homosexuals. I have acquaintances who know my beliefs, and realize that we are far apart on some issues, but we treat each other respectfully and cordially and have no real difficulty getting along. Why bring the label into the discussion?

I don't hate gays or lesbians, am not terrified by gender issues, but have a set of beliefs and a point of view. 


It's charitable for you to let me know when its okay for me to complain. I'm not sure who the Christians are that are trying to "keep rights away from LGBT people." What rights are being kept away? Are you talking about rights or demands? From whom or what do rights originate? God? Public polling figures?


Feeding the hungry is a good thing and a moral obligation, but holding to one belief does not preclude living life in a merciful manner. Sexual morality is one thing, providing food for those who lack it is a separate issue.


Doesn't it really boil down to the basic premise that anyone who disagrees with any point of the LGBT talking points or agenda, even on principled disagreement, will be declared a homophobic,

mean-spirited bigot? You know it's true, you've already demonstrated it. 


To Patrick Willis, God's blessings to you as you seek to follow Him in your life. 


To you sir, may your eyes be opened to the truth.



SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

@NinerFanForever @Pulgas de Brent Burns

"If I believe that the Bible is authoritative for determining belief and practice, how is my adherence to a particular doctrinal understanding in any way equivalent to oppressing anyone? In your estimation, is it better for me to remain silent to my neighbor if he or she is involved in something the Scriptures indicate will lead to their destruction? I would grant you that a fair number of Christians may single out this "category" in a way that may seem disproportionate in relationship to its mention in Scripture. Many people are more comfortable with being vocal in areas which they view as non-problematic in their lives... but the principal in Scripture isn't limited to same-sex relationships...heterosexuals are under the same obligation to lead sexually moral lives."


You can believe that all you want. When you start trying to impose that on everyone else its a problem. I didn't say you have to remain silent, but just don't expect people to not respond to your hateful statements if you do. Or, alternatively, you can mind your own damn business and let other people live their lives. Thank you for having the honesty to admit this one is way out of proportion even if you believe it.


"So, Christians who believe Christian doctrine are now equivalent with "racist bigots?" That statement is the embodiment of bigotry."


When you're using it to demean and bring down other people who haven't done anything to you, but simply because of who they are, that makes you a bigot and on par with racists. Sorry if the truth hurts. People taking up issue with your disparagement of a fellow human over their sexuality (which is none of your business) is not bigotry. Again with the persecution complex. You think being gay is evil? Then don't be gay and leave everyone else alone.



"It's charitable for you to let me know when its okay for me to complain. I'm not sure who the Christians are that are trying to "keep rights away from LGBT people." What rights are being kept away? Are you talking about rights or demands? From whom or what do rights originate? God? Public polling figures?"


Gay marriage. I don't give two fucks what your god thinks. Two consenting adults should be able to get married. It doesn't hurt anyone, in fact the opposite does as many partners lack basic rights and ability to help their partner late in life due to the lack of marriage structure. Denying this to them is cruel. There is no argument that doesn't involve religion against it.


"Doesn't it really boil down to the basic premise that anyone who disagrees with any point of the LGBT talking points or agenda, even on principled disagreement, will be declared a homophobic,"


It doesn't affect you. Therefore you are going out of your way to disparage and infringe on other people's lives. That's bigotry. No one is outlawing your beliefs. Can't say the same for gay rights.


Like I already said, think being gay is bad? Don't be gay. Meanwhile, let everyone else have the freedom to make their own choice. 



Enzera
Enzera

I can't believe its happen I'm out I'm fuckedup already I think everyone not happy with the front office an now where we stand goodness

PeterZavlaris
PeterZavlaris

Assuming Bowman makes a full recovery and Borland continues his upward trajectory, that MLB core was getting crowded. I wonder if Willis was hearing footsteps? If we know one thing about this organization, they're always looking for ways to save a quick buck. 

Enzera
Enzera

How sad It can't believe it how sad

regulus3333
regulus3333

F-ing whack job christians!!!!


nothing christians hate more then gays, marijuana and women's rights...except other religions and freedom


but they believe in the make believe.....god, holy ghost, santa claus, easter bunny


THE CURSE OF SANTA CLARA REIGNS!!!!

CharlesBellard
CharlesBellard

Don't make sense , well is he going to donate all the millions to the church

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