Michael Wilhoite linebacker of the San Francisco 49ers is in a three-way battle to regain his starting middle linebacker spot opposite of NaVarrow Bowman, don’t expect Wilhoite to go quietly.
His journey: a former undrafted practice squad player who sold sneakers in 2011, before being signed by the 49ers, Michael Wilhoite entered the NFL as an underdog. And it’s been that way throughout his career, but he has stayed highly motivated for any challenges that come his way. Here’s more of his story, via the team’s website.
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Hard work ethic, determination, discipline, and leading by example:
Important to note: Wilhoite signed a one-year contract this off-season. At 6′-0″, 240 lbs, Wilhoite started and appeared in 12 games in 2015, totaling 86 tackles, one interception, and one pass defended.
In his four-year career, he’s accounted for 231 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble, and eight passes defended while appearing in 49 games with 30 starts under his belt.
He’s accountable for his actions and of others (as seen in the video below).
Wilhoite’s season was cut short due to an ankle injury and the 49ers inserted Gerald Hodges who showed flashes. However, he would overrun his gap assignments, while compromising cap integrity and didn’t wrap up consistently.
While Wilhoite isn’t the explosive athlete Hodges is, with his sideline to sideline speed, he brings a different element to the table in leadership, experience, high competitiveness, proven productivity, and a calm, cool, and savvy veteran demeanor to the field and locker room.
Food for thought: Matt Maiocco of CSN BayArea says his money’s on Wilhoite to start.