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Ex-49ers linebacker Patrick Willis denies report he will return in 2016

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis wipes his eye as he speaks at a news conference at the team's NFL football facility in Santa Clara, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Willis, a seven-time Pro Bowler, will retire after his 2014 season was cut short by a toe injury that required surgery. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis wipes his eye as he speaks at a news conference at the team's NFL football facility in Santa Clara, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Willis, a seven-time Pro Bowler, will retire after his 2014 season was cut short by a toe injury that required surgery. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Despite a report that surfaced earlier on Thursday, former 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis reiterated on social media that his career is over.

Willis wrote: "I MADE MY DECISION BACK IN APRIL💯 AND I HAVEN'T THOUGHT TWICE ABOUT IT; NOR‼ PLAYING ANOTHER DOWN IN THE NFL...PERIOD..."

Willis, who retired after eight great seasons with the 49ers, amassing 950 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and 53 passes defensed, cited lingering foot issues as the reason for calling it quits.

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