FORMER GAMECOCK GREAT’S AGENT DISPUTES CLAIM, THOUGH …
By FITSNEWS || Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for University of South Carolina football fans this season, news out of San Francisco indicates former Gamecock great Marcus Lattimore has decided to retire from the National Football League … without taking a snap.
Lattimore’s agent – Michael Perrett – is disputing the claim, though.
“Info being reported is not accurate,” Lattimore’s agent told ESPN. “Marcus Lattimore has made no decision on his future.”
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the 23-year-old will meet with doctors this week to discuss his options.
After being chosen by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft, Lattimore spent the entire 2013 season on the physically unable to perform list as he continued to recover from a devastating knee injury suffered in October 2012. Lattimore underwent a successful surgical procedure in the aftermath of his horrendous injury to repair several damaged ligaments in his knee. Previously, Lattimore suffered a season-ending injury to his left knee in 2011 that also required surgery.
And while initial reports were that the 6-foot-0, 221-pound tailback was ahead of schedule in recovering from his second knee injury, he didn’t begin practicing with the 49ers until last week.
According to reporter Matt Miacco of Comcast SportsNet, Lattimore experienced soreness in his surgically repaired right knee during his first full-speed workouts last Wednesday and Thursday.
That’s obviously not a good sign …
No structural damage has been reported in either of Lattimore’s knees since he resumed workouts.
In 28 games at USC, Lattimore rushed for 2,677 yards and scored a school-record 41 touchdowns. He also inspired teammates and fans alike with his selflessness on and off the field. Among the highlights of Lattimore’s career? His smashing arrival against Georgia in 2010 or his record-breaking romp over Florida in ‘The Swamp” that same year – in which he amassed 212 yards and three touchdowns en route to South Carolina’s first-ever win in Gainesville (and first-ever SEC Eastern Division championship).
Prior to coming to South Carolina, Lattimore ran for 6,375 yards and scored 104 touchdowns during his career at Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C.
While plenty of people have viewed the clip of the gruesome injury that now appears to have ended his playing career, we choose to remember Lattimore’s final touchdown run as a Gamecock – a play which occurred just before he sustained the fateful injury.
Take a look …
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And here’s an incredible picture taken by award-winning photojournalist Travis Bell of Lattimore celebrating his final score …
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UPDATE: Via Twitter, Lattimore makes it official. He’s retiring.