49ers star Willis promoting a different type of game

Patrick Willis, 2007 NFL Rookie of the Year and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, had an interception and 13 tackles in the 49ers’ season-
opening win against the Arizona Cardinals. On Tuesday, Willis was at Ubisoft Entertainment in The City to promote one of his other passions: video games. The software company, which has an office on Third Street, and Willis teamed up to announce the release of “Assassin’s Creed II.”

How often do you get a chance to play video games during the season? To be honest with you, I try and play every day. It’s a great way to relax and get my mind off football for a bit. I usually get home from work, eat some food, watch a little game tape and play some video games before I go to sleep. It’s a good little routine.

How did you first find out about “Assassin’s Creed”? I was hanging out at Gamestop and I had seen a preview of the game earlier on TV. Once I checked it out more, I knew I was sold on it.

What interests you about the game? I really like that you have to be cool, calm and collected when you play it. The main character reminds me a little of myself, actually. When I was a kid I always wanted to be a ninja, and now here’s my chance.

Are there any situations in the game that you can relate to football? Oh yeah. You have to know your mission, you can’t be seen and you have to be a little slick. It’s kind of like when you blitz someone on the field. It’s all about the element of surprise.

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