Patrick Willis surprised fourth grader Nicholas Billmire at his home in Fremont last Thursday morning to pick him up in a limo and take him to school as a part of the NFL's Take a Player to School program.
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The 49ers Pro Bowl linebacker arrived at Nicholas' home around 8:15 a.m., met the family and then jumped in a stretched limo to arrive in the back playground area in front of 130 students from Vallejo Mill Elementary School.
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Once at school, Nicholas and Willis exited the limo to a standing ovation of over 130 elementary school students.
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Nicholas was the lucky winner of NFL's Take a Player to School sweepstakes where he wrote an essay for the ultimate show and tell – a chance to take a local NFL player to school.
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Willis and Nicholas headed into the multipurpose room where the Principal Ulloa introduced Nicholas, who then in turn introduced the Pro Bowl linebacker to his entire school.
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Willis understood the importance of a day like this to the nine year old, which is one of the main reasons he took time out of his day to give Nicholas this once in a lifetime opportunity.
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When asked how he felt about his entrance Nicholas responded with, "Pretty happy, excited!"
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Willis spent time on stage speaking to the youth about the importance of being active for at least 60 minutes a day, working hard and eating healthy.
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Willis spent approximately 45 minutes with the students doing physical activity drills during their physical education class.
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Willis' visit not only gave one child, Nicholas, and most likely others, a lifelong memory but it hopefully also helped to encourage the youth to exercise more through Play 60.