It’s about time.
Former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is finally a Pro Football Hall of Famer. He’ll be inducted with the class of 2024.
This is Willis’ fifth year on the ballot and fifth time landing as a finalist. He appeared bound to get in eventually and now the wait is over.
A lack of longevity is likely part of the reason Willis had to wait so long to get his gold jacket. He played just eight years, but he packed a Hall of Fame résumé into those years.
He was a Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007, a seven-time Pro Bowler, a five-time First-Team All-Pro and a one-time Second-Team All-Pro. Willis also landed on the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2010s All-Decade team.
There weren’t any off-ball LBs better than Willis when he played, and there aren’t many better in NFL history. Now he’ll join his peers in Canton.