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Patrick Willis and our all-time team

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Morning practice should be wrapping up soon (or already wrapped up), meaning Maiocco and Barrows will have reports on what went down.  I do know that Patrick Willis sat out the morning practice with a mild ankle strain (not a sprain).  We'll try and get more up later.

In the meantime, rather than roll out a new poll for the all-time team, I wanted to get people's insight on an issue I've been thinking about since first rolling out the re-vote.  And it happens to deal with Patrick Willis.  We'll be rolling out our vote for inside linebacker at some point soon and Patrick Willis has certainly made a name for himself in 49ers history in a very short time.

The question is whether he should be included on the ballot.  Personally, I'm leaning towards no.  I do think he deserves acknowledgment, but I also think if included, he'd get a ton of votes as the proverbial flavor of the month.  I do think when all is said and done he'll go down as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest linebacker in 49ers history.  However, with only two seasons under his belt, I don't know if now is the time to include him as a ballot option.

Our previous winners at ILB #1 and #2 were Ken Norton, Jr. and Gary Plummer.  Norton spent seven seasons with the 49ers and Plummer spent four seasons here.  Not exactly a huge number of years.  And yet I still lean towards keeping Willis off.

So, I'd like to hear what people think about this.  I may add a poll, but for now I'm curious if anybody can articulate a good reason beyond the fact that we all think he's awesome.  Particularly as compared to the original ballot.