Jason Willis

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Jason Willis
Free agent
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-07-26) July 26, 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) St. Bernard
College: Oregon
Undrafted: 2003
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 1
Tackles: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 717
Receiving yards: 8,613
Receiving TDs: 160
Rushing TDs: 3
Kick return yards: 1,303
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Jason Patrick Willis (born July 26, 1980) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent.

High school career[edit]

Willis attended Saint Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey, California.[1] His junior year, Willis received regional honors as a running back and safety. As a senior, he was the Defensive Player of the Year as a safety as well a member of the "All Regional Team" as a running back and SuperPrep All-American candidate . Willis was a three-year starter on offense and defense. He also ran track, including top honors in the 200 m, 400 m, 4 × 100 m relay, and 4 × 400 m relay.

College career[edit]

Willis played collegiately at the University of Oregon. While there, he started his junior and senior year and played in 47 games, totaling 93 catches for 1,117 yards with three touchdowns. While contributing his sophomore year as a solid 3rd receiver behind Marshaun Tucker and Keenan Howry, Willis still managed to score the game winning touchdown vs. University of Texas in the 2000 Culligan Holiday Bowl in San, Diego, California. As a redshirt freshman Willis contributed on special teams mostly but still saw action at receiver. Willis was known for his blocking ability, versatile ability to serve as a running back in vital games as well and was considered a sure handed possession receiver. In 2002 Willis along with teammates Keenan Howry and Sammie Parker, were displayed on a 10 story Downtown billboard in downtown Los Angeles representing Oregon Football. The billboard was used as a vital recruiting tool in Los Angeles and also served as a personal message for the three wide receiver's that all attended high school in Los Angeles but weren't recruited by any California programs. Willis also ran track for the University of Oregon with a personal best of 21.05 (200 m) in addition to being the lead-off leg for the 4 × 100 m relay team.

Professional career[edit]

Willis signed with the Seattle Seahawks active roster as an undrafted free agent his rookie year 2003 but was placed on injured reserve after breaking his thumb in the opening game of that year. He was allocated to NFL Europe to play with the Frankfurt Galaxy, where he led the team in receptions and yards and paced first place in the league with an average of 30 yards per kickoff return. Willis also led his team to the 2004 World Bowl Championship, where they were defeated by the Berlin Thunder.

During his second season with the Seahawks 2004, Willis played alongside hall of famer Jerry Rice. Willis was released during his third year with Seattle and was signed by the Miami Dolphins, where he played with current NFL receivers Wes Welker and Marty Booker. Willis also rejoined college teammate Joey Harrington in Miami. After a two-year stint with the Dolphins, Willis was signed with the Washington Redskins.

Willis played his first arena season in 2008 for the New York Dragons where he set the single-season reception record of (140). He also played alongside Aaron Garcia, who is arguably the best quarterback to play arena football. Willis continued his arena career in 2010 with the Jacksonville Sharks where he helped lead the team to its first playoff berth in their inaugural year. Willis was later signed by the Pittsburgh Power the following year where he led the team in yards and receptions.

In 2012, Willis assigned to the San Antonio Talons[2] and led the team in receptions, helping the team win 12 consecutive games and a first-round playoff berth in its inaugural season. Willis was later assigned to the San Jose SaberCats in November 2012.

His 2013 campaign with the San Jose SaberCats was a record setting year as Willis topped the single season yardage record of 1,560 set by teammate and hall of famer James Roe back in 2007. His own personal best of 1,606 yards and 35 touchdowns in both categories helped the SaberCats reach the playoffs before losing to the would-be ArenaBowl Champion Arizona Rattlers.

Willis returned to San Jose in 2014 and climbed one step closer to achieving a championship career but fell one game short losing in the semi finals once again to the Arizona Rattlers who would go on to win the ArenaBowl. His sixth consecutive season of 1,000 yards and 20 plus touchdowns were just one of the many consistent traits Willis possessed that made him an elite wide receiver in that league.

On April 30, 2015, Willis was assigned to the Las Vegas Outlaws.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bowles (November 22, 1997). "Calvary Chapel Is Left Behind When St. Bernard Rallies". www.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ Matt Popchock (December 23, 2011). "http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2011/12/23/former-power-wr-willis-assigned-to-talons/". www.pittsburgh.cbslocal.com. CBS Local Media. Retrieved November 7, 2013.  External link in |title= (help)