OXFORD, MS (WMC) - Former Ole Miss All-American linebacker Patrick Willis is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Willis will be the 10th former Rebel to be inducted into the hall.
“No one has ever been more deserving of such an honor as Patrick Willis,” said Ole Miss head coach Matt Luke, who served on the Rebel staff during Willis’ collegiate career. “We are so proud to see Patrick continue our rich Hall of Fame tradition. He persevered through so much to excel at both the college and professional level, and he belongs among the best to ever play the game.”
Willis joins Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon, John Carroll linebacker London Fletcher, Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green, North Carolina State receiver Torry Holt, Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer, USC defensive back Troy Polamalu, and Michigan State running back Lorenzo White as this year's inductees.
Willis won the Butkus award and Lambert Trophy in 2006. He was a first team All-American in 2005 and 2006 and a two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Willis was the 11th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and emerged as one of the best players in all of football as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
He made seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams in his eight seasons before retiring at age 30.