Former South Carolina Gamecocks running back is a player that you can’t help but root for. After suffering a gruesome injury to end his college career, many wondered if the star back would ever be able to walk again, let alone play football. Miraculously, Lattimore is on his way to making a full recovery and making his impact felt on the NFL field.
It will still be a while before Lattimore sees an NFL down — he is expected to start the season on the physically unable to perform list — but Lattimore believes that he will be ready to practice by mid-season.
“I’ve been on pace and haven’t had any setbacks,” Lattimore said, via The State. “I haven’t had any problems with the knee. I’m moving forward in everything that I do, and I’m excited about training camp coming up. I’m just going to train and get a shot sometime around mid-season to practice.”
Lattimore admits that when he first suffered the devastating knee injury that he had completely given up on football, but his faith helped him overcome the latest obstacle in his career.
“I gave up right after it happened,” Lattimore said. “I knew I was done with football. Dylan Thompson came over and told me that God doesn’t make mistakes. That hit me hard. Now, I’m back on my feet, back doing what I want to do.”
With his hard work and resilience, Lattimore was able to make it back to the field and find himself being selected in the fourth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Lattimore will likely sit the entire season out, but he will be at 100 percent before next season as he prepares to take on a big role in the 49ers offense. He will spend the early part of his career as Frank Gore’s back up, but it isn’t out of the question that he could blossom in to the team’s feature back down the line.