Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press
Michael Wilhoite has had a slow rise to recognition in the National Football League, but after shining on special teams in the 2012 playoffs for San Francisco, the Highland Park and Washburn graduate is gaining attention. Monday, The San Francisco Chronicle's SFgate.com featured a glowing write up on Wilhoite:
------ Twenty months after he was peddling sneakers and living with his mom in Topeka, Wilhoite, 26, is Kurt Warner Lite: a small-college player from the Midwest who toiled at a regular-Joe job before improbably realizing his NFL dream.
Now, after thriving on special-teams as a rookie last year, Wilhoite appears poised to pen the next chapter in his rags-to-riches tale. ------
Wilhoite was also a focal point on the post-game write-up at 49ers.com following San Francisco's preseason win over Denver.
----- With Willis out after undergoing surgery on his right hand, quarterback Colin Kaepernick assumed this role in the team’s preseason opener on Thursday night at Candlestick Park, but Michael Wilhoite filled Willis’ cleats on the field.
Wilhoite, shaping up to be a solid reserve on the defensive unit, recorded a game-high 10 tackles in San Francisco’s 10-6 defeat to the Denver Broncos. -----