Marcus Lattimore doesn’t understand why the 49ers drafted him knowing about his knee injuries

San Francisco 49ers Rookie CampMarcus Lattimore was the best RB in college football, before a devastating knee injury that derailed his junior season. Lattimore, who was a five-star recruit coming out of high school was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft hoping he would return to form in a year or two. Well Lattimore could never get back to the player he once was and decided to retire from the NFL before the start of the 2014 season. Now back in his hometown, Lattimore still doesn’t understand why the 49ers drafted him knowing about his knee injuries.


Deep down, he can reveal now, Marcus believes he was picked by the 49ers more for the person he is than for his ability to run with a football.

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

“My running backs coach was like, ‘Good job! Good job!’” Marcus says. “My offensive coordinator — I was catching balls out of the backfield — was like, ‘Man you look good!’ I was like, ‘You have no clue.’”


I think the 49ers took a chance on Lattimore because of how good of a player he was during his time at South Carolina. I can respect the fact that Lattimore knew that he wasn’t going to turn back into the player he once was and bowed out gracefully

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