Two energizing minutes with Patrick Willis

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Two energizing minutes with Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis prefers to speak through his play on the field. But on Tuesday he conducted 62 interviews over a two-hour period to help promote Duracell's ProCamps scholarships.ProCampsis an organization that runs professional athletes' sportscampsfor children ages 7-14, and the scholarship will provide the tuition and transportation the kids need to attend.Duracell teamed up with Willis, the 49ers' five-time Pro Bowl linebacker, to share his inspiring journey in avideoand encourage fans to trust the power within to achieve their dreams.Here is a transcript of our two-minute chat, which kicked off Willis' two hours of interviews:If you could travel anywhere during the bye week, where would you go?
Willis: "Uh, really, I got my brother coming in (Wednesday) and I'm looking forward to spending some time with him. To spend time with someone in my family is pretty much better than going any place in the world. I don't get to see them as much as I'd love to, so it's better just to hang out with my family. That's plenty enough for me."With a week away from the team and football during the bye week, what will you miss the most?
Willis: "The guys. The guys really make it fun. The guys, the coaches, just being at the facility. It's truly a blessing when you wake up every morning and you can't wait to get to work. It almost feels like -- it's work, in the sense that you have a job to do -- but it's almost like a playground. I don't want to say, 'playground,' but you're just out there with your guys. You compete together, you live together, you meet together. You get tired together, you get energized together. That's what you miss when you get away from there."Are you a baseball fan?
Willis: "I am, yeah, I loved playing baseball more than I love watching it. I watched the World Series, and watched the Giants go through this playoff run. That was pretty exciting."What's the last sport other than football, basketball or baseball that you watched on TV?
Willis: "I don't know . . . I'd say wrestling (laughs)."Like WWE?
Willis: "Yeah WWE (laughs)."Which defensive teammate would you least like to have a collision with?
Willis: "Probably Justin Smith."Have you ever accidentally collided with him?
Willis: "I hit him one time, and he was like, 'Dang, Pat, you hit the heck out of me.' And I said, 'I thought you hit me.' 'No, you hit me.' So we've accidentally hit before when we go to make a tackle."Have you ever accidentally hit Dashon Goldson?
Willis: "No, I haven't. But I stepped on his feet a few times."Patrick, thank you very much for your time.
Willis: "Yes, sir. Thank you." Fans can tweet with theTrustYourPowerhashtag and Duracell will make a 1 commitment to provide disadvantaged youth scholarships to ProCamps.

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

49ers visit with free-agent defensive end

PHOENIX – The 49ers had a recent visit with Tampa Bay free-agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, general manager John Lynch confirmed on Sunday.

Smith, 27, sustained a torn right ACL in the Buccaneers’ season opener in September while running down the field on punt coverage against the Atlanta Falcons. The 49ers gave Smith a physical during his visit to Santa Clara. The club has yet to make a contract offer, Lynch said.

"We wanted to get him checked out medically, and we’ll see," Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings.

Smith (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) recorded 6.5 sacks in 2014 and seven sacks in 2015 for the Buccaneers.

After going undrafted in 2012 out of Missouri, Smith signed with Miami. He spent time with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before landing on the New York Jets’ practice squad. Smith worked his way into the Buccaneers’ defensive-line rotation in ’14 after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

The Buccaneers gave Smith the low tender of $1.797 million as a restricted free agent. Any team can sign Smith to an offer sheet. Tampa Bay would have the right of first refusal but would get no compensation if the team chooses not to match the contract.

With 71 players under contract, the 49ers have $74.5 million in cap space, according to the NFL Players Association.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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