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I don’t really mix religion and sports together too much if at all, but I’m beyond ecstatic right now and truly feel there is a god today.
So many times in this business we end up writing or reporting on athletes who lack humility, morals, and have no heart whatsoever.
The Marcus Lattimore story has been discussed at exhaustion, but after two knee surgeries, the last one being five months ago, many in football weren’t sure he’d ever play again.
Lattimore dislocated his right knee cap and tore three ligaments on Oct. 27 in a game against Tennessee. He had surgery in November and then entered the NFL Draft a month later.
Lattimore then traveled to Florida for rehab. Marcus Lattimore has also worked nearly every day since to convince the NFL he’s the same first-round talent he was before getting hurt.
The heart, discipline and courage this young man displayed should be lauded by all and used as an example of how we all can carry ourselves in the midst of adversity.
The young man always has a smile on his face, always speaks from a point of optimism and positivity. After his pro day workout at South Carolina, he received a standing ovation from scouts.
That should tell you all you need to know about how much he’s respected and how many people are rooting for him.
Coming into the draft, the best case scenario was for Lattimore to go somewhere that would allow him to continue his rehab, learn the pro game, and hit the ground running when he comes back.
The 49ers drafted Lattimore with the 131st pick in the fourth round, allowing him to be on a team where there will be no pressure for him to play at all as a rookie.
Lattimore may spend the entire 2013 season the PUP list or injured reserve, watching and learning from 49ers running backs Frank Gore,
If he can remain healthy and be effective in a one cut scheme, Marcus Lattimore could be one of the top running backs in the NFL for years to come.
Today In an industry where I’m supposed to show no bias and favoritism, I am happy and root for Marcus Lattimore to succeed.
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According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Under Armour has signed South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore to an endorsement deal.
Under Armour has signed Marcus Lattimore
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) April 25, 2013
Not bad for a running back that will likely be taken in the mid-rounds after suffering a serious knee injury last year.
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For those of you remember watching the Tennessee vs. South Carolina football game this past October, you remember the injury to Marcus Lattimore.The South Carolina back suffered a serious knee injury during the game that not only left his season in doubt, but his career. Six months post surgery to repair the dislocated knee cap and torn ligaments, Lattimore is waiting to see what team will take
The heart-warming and feel-good story of the 2013 NFL Draft has to be Marcus Lattimore‘s stunning participation in South Carolina’s pro day that had scouts and reporters in awe back in March. After seeing the horrendous injury he suffered during the 2012 season, tearing three out of four ligaments in his knee, it’s damn near improbable that he has bounced back so quickly. ...
The San Francisco 49ers selected running back Marcus Lattimore out of South Carolina with the second of their two fourth-round selections in the NFL draft Saturday.
Lattimore comes to the 49ers after a junior season during which he suffered a career-threatening right knee injury in South Carolina's ninth game, one year after Lattimore suffered torn ligaments in his left knee...
Lattimore signed with South Carolina rated by some recruiting experts as the elite running back prospect in the country two years ago. He quickly proved well worth the hype, rushing for 1,197 yards and a scoring a school-record 19 touchdowns (17 rushing, two receiving) to earn not only First Team All-SEC honors but also earn recognition as...
1:48 p.m.: Marcus Lattimore is off the board, and of course he’s going to San Francisco. The 49ers have had quite a draft so far.
Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk went to the Ravens, as did Ohio State linebacker/defensive end John Simon.
The 49ers have now taken Eric Reid, Tank Carradine, Vance McDonald, Corey Lemonier, Quinton Patton and now Lattimore, who tore two ACLs while at...