From one beast to another

Patrick Willis is a beast, and if anyone knows just how good the tackling machine that plays linebacker for the 49ers is it’s the Seahawks.

They face him twice a season as NFC West rivals and the five-time Pro Bowler has put up some staggering stats against the Seahawks: 16 tackles in a 2007 game; 12 tackles and an 86-yard interception return for a touchdown in 2008; another 16-tackle game in 2009; an 11-tackle game in 2010; and a fumble recovery and pass defensed in a game last season.

But this beast also knows one when he tries to tackle one. Asked during an interview on ESPN to name the toughest player in the NFL to bring down, Willis went with Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ Beast Mode back, as well as Steven Jackson of the Rams.

“Man, that’s a hard question,” Willis said. “I have two great backs in my division with Marshawn Lynch and Steven Jackson, so I’m going to have to go with those two.”

You can watch the Willis interview here, and the toughest-to-tackle question concludes the Q&A.

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