After being drafted by San Francisco in the first round of the 2007 draft, Patrick Willis would remain a dominant professional football player for the city for eight years. An explosive linebacker, Willis was selected for the Pro Bowl for his first seven seasons, making him the first player in San Francisco history do so. His list of accolades collected while an active player (he retired in 2015) is stacked and it’s no surprise he will be inducted into the San Francisco Hall of Fame.
We’re happy to have him on the Nirvana Water Sciences team as an athlete and investor. His passion for sport and for living a healthy lifestyle radiates through him and connects deeply with our mission at NWS. We peeled back the curtain, beyond the athlete, to help you get to know a little bit more about Patrick Willis.
Nirvana Water Sciences: What is one thing that you are proudest of?
Patrick Willis: One of the things I am proudest of is being drafted to the NFL. In 2007, I was selected to the 49ers in the first round, 11th pick overall. I remember the journey, the process, and everything that it took. That day was a day to remember. To everyone who helped me along the way, I appreciate it. Thank you.
NWS: Tell us about your work with kids in foster care.
PW: Foster care is very dear to me as I was a foster kid myself and over the years, I have participated in many foster care functions. Thanksgiving always reminds me of the gift basket program I initiated for the Youth Villages of Jackson, Tennessee. It was amazing! I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be able to give back, to let foster care kids know that they are loved, that they are worthy, and that they too can do anything that they put their mind to. Foster kids may sometimes just need a little bit more help than others, but anything is possible, so let’s go!
NWS: Why did you choose to invest in and represent Nirvana Water Sciences?
PW: I chose to invest in and represent Nirvana Water Sciences because of the significant muscle wellness benefits I felt after I added Nirvana HMB spring water to my daily recovery routine. As an athlete, recovery is key. And, as a bonus, I love the people working there!
NWS: What have you found to be parallels between football and business?
PW: Both football and business require dedication. Both take a lot of hard work and consistency. At Nirvana Water Sciences, I have seen dedication, hard work and consistency every day. I am honored and pleased to be a part of something this special.