Patrick Willis keeps the faith

The 49ers' LB maintains hope that his father will be able to overcome his addictions

Originally Published: October 19, 2011
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

BRUCETON, Tenn. -- The San Francisco 49ers' 5-1 start will make more people recognize the true brilliance of their star linebacker, Patrick Willis. He's the man Baltimore Ravens' 12-time Pro Bowler Ray Lewis anointed as the next great defender, and Willis already has four Pro Bowls of his own to support that claim.

The people who know Willis best also believe his character will receive more attention outside the Bay Area. For as great as he is on the field, what really makes him ...

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