It’s hard to maintain a dry eye when contemplating the inspirational career of former University of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore – who continues to defy the odds as he prepares to play in the National Football League.

Despite two season ending knee injuries in 2011 and 2012 – including a gruesome, near-career-ender against Tennessee last October – Lattimore was selected in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers.

Why? Because he is ALL HEART, people.

In fact Lattimore’s inspirational story is the subject of a new Under Armor promotional video …

Check it out …

“I didn’t know if I was going to play football again,” Lattimore says in the clip. “Possibly, I couldn’t even walk again. But it did make me stronger.”

In 28 games at USC Lattimore rushed for 2,677 yards and scored a school-record 41 touchdowns – all while inspiring teammates and fans with his humility and selflessness.

“People wonder if I’ll reach my full potential in this game,” he adds. “I just tell them one thing: I will.”

Anybody doubt that?

(Crickets chirping)

Exactly …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography