In college football, rivalries fuel everything. There are no multi-million dollar contracts, there is just pride. Because of that, members of rival team’s can grow to dislike each other and it often separates fan bases. However, sometimes there are just some bonds that cannot be broken by collegiate alliances.
LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery is showing just that. In one of the greatest gestures in recent sports memory, Montgomery will drop his number 99 jersey and wear number 21 for the remainder of the season to honor South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who suffered a devastating and career threatening knee injury last weekend.
The news comes from South Carolina beat writer Josh Kendal.
Montgomery is originally from South Carolina and is a close friend of Lattimore’s.
The number change will begin for Montgomery this weekend when the Tigers take on the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are the nation’s top-ranked team. It is one of the biggest games of the year for LSU and perhaps carrying the honor of Lattimore on his back will provide an emotional charge for the Tigers.
Montgomery is considered a first-round draft prospect in the upcoming draft and his play on the field has demonstrated he is worthy of that consideration. This gesture by Montgomery shows that he is a caring, honorable young man off the field and that will go a long way in the eyes of NFL personnel.
In today’s age, character matters, and right now there is not a classier player in college football than Sam Montgomery.