Sunday, November 05, 2006


Jerrott Willard was probably the best tackler I've ever seen wear Blue and Gold. Broadcasters love the cliche of "football instincts." Cliche or no, Willard had those instincts in spades. He exploded through ball carriers and rarely missed a tackle. His angles were as sharp as a geometry major's, and he squeezed the absolute most out of what God gave him. He played sideline to sideline with a non-stop motor that recalls Desmond Bishop of this year's team.

Willard led the Bears in tackles in each of his four seasons and wound up third all-time with 469 career stops, 54 of them for losses. He also had the knack for the big play, which separates him from other Cal defenders with gaudy stats. In his freshman year he blocked a critical punt for a touchdown against Oregon State in a 27-14 victory. In Cal's 37-3 Alamo Bowl victory over Iowa in 1993, he returned an interception 61 yards for a score, and was named Defensive Player of the Game. In countless other situations, we could count on Jerrott to make the critical stop on third down, or to force a turnover.

Though Willard played alongside some outstanding talents in his time at Cal, he was voted Team MVP after both his junior and senior seasons, and he was a two-time All-Pac 10 first team selection at inside linebacker. He was drafted in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1995, and left the NFL in 1998.


At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My compliments on your blog. To get it more widely noticed, grab your
free copy of
Links Explode

At 10:03 PM, Blogger T. said...

JW is my #2 all-time football bear that I attended school with (#1 being Tony G).

I just remember him continually crushing Danny O'Neil in that comeback game.

He also wore the smallest half jersey possible - I was scared he was going to get hurt running out there in basically a mid-riff top.

But the man ate up running backs (except for friggin' Ricky Whittle)

At 3:20 AM, Blogger Xiaozhengmm 123 said...

2015-7-10 xiaozhengm
ralph lauren outlet
pandora jewelry
true religion outlet
ray ban glasses
air max 90
oakley store
true religion outlet
sac longchamp
gucci outlet online
longchamp pas cher
gucci outlet
snabacks wholesale
michael kors handbags
jordan pas cher
cheap jerseys
coach outlet online
ray ban uk
kate spade
burberry handbags
coach outlet
coach outlet online
pandora outlet
kate spade bags
fitflops outlet
michael kors handbags
true religion jeans
oakley sunglasses outlet
true religion sale
burberry sale
true religion
toms shoes
michael kors uk
rolex watches
kate spade handbags
air jordan
cheap oakley sunglasses
burberry scarf
michael kors bag
pandora charms
jordan homme

At 12:08 AM, Blogger Yaro Gabriel said...

jordan shoes
swarovski outlet
pacers jerseys
le coq sportif shoes
louboutin shoes
oakley sunglasses
kobe 9
converse shoes
kate spade outlet
polo ralph lauren

At 6:31 PM, Blogger zzyytt said...

curry 4 shoes
coach outlet online
kobe sneakers
converse outlet
lebron 10
michael kors uk
adidas eqt
longchamp handbags
michael kors outlet online


Post a Comment

<< Home