The San Francisco 49ers took a flier on former South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore, after he slid to the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft because of a serious knee injury. While there is some doubt that Lattimore will even return to the field this season, the 49ers were willing to take the risk and now they have their rookie under contract. The team announced on Friday afternoon that Lattimore has signed a four-year deal, according to CBS Sports.
As soon as the 49ers signed Lattimore, the team’s head coach Jim Harbaugh had nothing but praise for the man who has overcome so much.
“Marcus Lattimore — unique player, unique person,” Harbaugh said. “Can’t say enough about the mental toughness this young man has displayed. Nothing keeps him down. He’s dazzling as a runner, electric as a ball carrier, and we’re betting that he’ll be able to overcome the setback with the injury.
“I love the aggressive mental approach he has taken through this whole process, but we’re going to slow down the aggressive physical things and make sure Marcus is 100 percent healthy before he goes out there on the field. If he doesn’t play this year, then he doesn’t play this year. But I think if anybody can overcome what he’s been through, it’s him, Marcus Lattimore.”
Lattimore is certainly one of those guys that you root for and he has the work ethic to make his mark as a pro.
It may take a year for Lattimore to completely get back in playing shape and to fully trust his surgically repaired knee, but you can guarantee he is doing everything he can to get back on the field and become an impact player for the 49ers.