Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 4/27/13
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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