Marcus Lattimore on NFL career: 'It was hell ... every day'

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  1. truebluefan

    truebluefan Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    Watching Marcus Lattimore run for South Carolina it was patently obvious he was going to be the next great NFL running back. And then, the injuries. They -- meaning multiple of course -- were as terrible to watch as Lattimore was fascinating.

    And they resulted in him going from a likely first-round pick to a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft who never played a down and is already out of football. In a compelling SB Nation profile of Lattimore's last few years from Jason Buckland, Lattimore openly wonders why anyone would've drafted him in the first place.

    “I mean, why would you take a running back with two horrible knee injuries?” Lattimore asked. “I did pretty good, I played good in college, but if I'm a GM I don't think I would do it.”

    This wasn't to disparage Trent Baalke, who drafted him with the 49ers. Read between the lines and you get the sense, though Baalke won't admit it, that the team took a chance on Lattimore because of the kind of person he is.

    "The odds were not in our favor, or at best they were 50/50," Baalke said of Lattimore actually contributing. "If anyone was going to get back, it was going to be a young man like that."

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