Patrick Willis: Hit Stick hero

August, 18, 2010
08/18/10
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By Jon Robinson
Patrick WillisCary Edmondson/US PresswirePatrick Willis is one of the most feared hitters in "Madden" (and real life).

Patrick Willis thrashes opponents like a locomotive striking a stuffed bunny. Sometimes they get up. Sometimes they don't. But Willis' Incredible Hulk-ish combination of freakish speed and car-wreck power always reminds me of one thing -- the "Madden" Hit Stick. That feeling of exhilaration you get when you line up the running back just right and then unload a fierce shot that knocks the ball loose is one of the greatest "Madden" moments, especially if the gamer you just lit up is sitting next to you on the couch and his favorite player has just been put to sleep on the polygonal turf.

"I'm not the type of guy just to push square and go for a regular tackle," Willis says with a smirk while talking video games at EA's corporate headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area. "I always like to be on top coming down with that Hit Stick and see what happens."

As in, smack them as hard as you can and sort out the pieces later.

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