Programming note: Watch Patrick Willis' retirement press conference today at Noon on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and streaming live right here.
Patrick Willis, who will make official and explain his retirement on Tuesday at Noon, foreshadowed the announcement with posts on social media.
The 49ers' seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker stunned most of the football world when news broke early Monday morning about his impending retirement from professional football. Sources told CSNBayArea.com that Willis was prepared to announce his retirement last week, but decided to hold off through the weekend.
On Monday night, Willis posted a message on social media that appeared to be a good-bye intended for his fans. It read, in part:
“Today is my Future, Past, and Present all in one ... ...it's bigger than me, it always has been and it always will be...I thank you guys for everything, it has been an absolute pleasure....I look forward to the continuation of my journey... I feel full with something that needs to be out, and i just want to share it! Success is only as beautiful as our Consistency! My life is based On a True Concept! I know I'm not the only one!”
On Tuesday morning, Willis responded to one fan’s request that he “come back” by citing Proverbs 19:21, which reads:
"Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."