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Patrick Willis

Photograph By Alan Clarke for ESPN The Magazine

FEARSOME FLIER: "I've played with fast linebackers before, but Patrick is on another level. Once he lined up incorrectly against Reggie Bush, who got the ball on a quick flare and started down the sideline. I remember thinking, Oh, no. Then, out of nowhere, I saw a blur: Patrick. He held Reggie to a short gain. If it had been anybody else, Reggie would still be running." -- Takeo Spikes, teammate