Patrick Willis and John Taylor named to 49ers Hall of Fame
Five-time All-Pro First Team Linebacker Patrick Willis and two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver John Taylor are the latest inductees into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.
Willis was one of the NFL’s top linebackers during his eight-year career with the 49ers. He racked up seven Pro Bowl appearances, five All-Pro first-team nominations and one All-Pro second-team selection during his tenure with the team. Foot injuries ultimately led him to retire from the game after the 2014 season.
Willis, the 11th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the All-Decade Team for the 2010s by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Taylor played 10 seasons for the 49ers alongside Jerry Rice. While Rice remains the most prolific wide receiver in league history, Taylor managed to do two Pro Bowls on his own and win three Super Bowl rings during his time in San Francisco. He also caught Joe Montana’s winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl XXIII to take the 49ers to a 20-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Taylor was named to the 1980s All-Decade team as a punt returner.
Willis and Taylor bring the 49ers Hall of Fame player count to 31.