Rooting for Patrick Willis, the human being

October, 20, 2011
10/20/11
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Jeff Chadiha's emotional piece on San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis begs for analysis that even a psychologist might struggle to provide.

It's possible insufficient time has passed for Willis, still only 26, to fully comprehend the damage his father's addiction and abusiveness has wrought, in conjunction with his mother's abandonment of the family when Willis was a small child.

Whatever the case, you don't have to root for the 49ers to root for Willis. What a story.

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