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Keenan Robinson Wears No. 52 Because Of Patrick Willis

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Keenan Robinson felt Patrick Willis' impact on the game. 

Willis, a seven-time Pro Bowler, officially announced his retirement yesterday during a tear-filled press conference.

Willis said that while he knew the day was coming, he wanted to leave the game on his own terms. And after suffering a season-ending injury during the 2014 campaign, and his feet in constant pain, he knew it was time.

One of the best at the position not only over the last decade, but throughout NFL history, Willis had a command of the 49ers' defense that coaches dream of out of the position.

During his first four years in the NFL, the Mississippi product recorded at least 125 tackles each season.

That's what made him a favorite, and that's one of the reasons Robinson looked up to him.

In his first season as a starter, Robinson recorded 134 tackles – second most on the team.




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