At 25, two young teachers, Julia and Chris Finley, welcomed high school junior Patrick Willis and his three younger siblings into their home. It was a challenge they accepted without hesitation.

Eight years later, Patrick has become the San Francisco 49ers All Pro and Pro Bowl Linebacker. Both his parents agree, "Patrick has taught us more than we taught him."

Behind Every Famous Person is a Fabulous Teacher.




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