Marcus Lattimore’s comeback bid from a torn ligaments in both knees in college has officially come to an end. College and NFL fans will no doubt be saddened by the news, as will Hollywood, who might have made a great movie about his return to the top.
Lattimore had one of the most gruesome injuries in college football in his junior season in 2012 when his knee was dislocated when he was hit against the Tennessee Volunteers. Despite suffering an injury that seemed to be worse than Willis McGahee’s in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, when he tore his ACL, MCL and PCL, Lattimore was still drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the 49ers.
On Wednesday, he finally decided that he was not going to be able to come back to play the way he had hoped. It’s important to remember that he also tore his ACL in his other leg in 2011.
— Marcus Lattimore (@MarcusLattimore) November 5, 2014
“This was a very difficult decision for Marcus and it was clear after speaking with him that he had put a lot of thought into it,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He is a high-character young man who has done everything asked of him and more during his time with us and we have a great deal of respect for the strength and commitment he showed throughout the rehab process.”
Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier said Lattimore will have a position at the school somewhere, as he was one of their most respected players during his tenure there.
The National Football League is littered with stories of players with promising careers cut short by severe injuries, and it’s hard to see one of the best at his position not ever get a chance to show what he could do when healthy.
Memories of Another Good Young RB
Former first-round pick Robert Edwards was a running back for the New England Patriots. He rushed for 1,115 yards in his rookie season in 1998. But he famously blew out his knee during a 1999 Rookie Beach Bowl game, in which he went up for a pass against Charles Woodson in the sand. Like I said, there have been hundreds of players injured before they were able to display their true talents on the professional level, and it’s truly sad to see a player end his dream early.
Like I said, there have been hundreds of players injured before they were able to display their true talents on the professional level, and it’s truly sad to see a player end his dream early.
More Thoughts on Lattimore’s Retirement
Marcus Lattimore has a tax free $1.7M insurance policy he will likely collect. But he lost about $5M in draft slip from injury. — darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 5, 2014
Someone tell Marcus Lattimore to not give up… He’s closer than what he thinks. Could be a great story and testimonial.. #neverquit
— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) November 5, 2014