Marcus Lattimore’s NFL career ended before it ever really had a chance to begin.
The San Francisco 49ers running back, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft but never could overcome the devastating knee injury that he suffered in his final season at the University of South Carolina, announced his retirement Wednesday.
“After prayer and careful consideration, I have decided it’s time to end my professional football career,” Lattimore said in a statement. “I have given my heart and soul to the game that I love, and it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life and help others. I have given every ounce of my energy toward making a full recovery from my knee injury, and I have made a lot of progress. Unfortunately, getting my knee fully back to the level the NFL demands has proven to be insurmountable.
“I am grateful for the entire 49ers organization. Their decision to draft me was the realization of a lifelong dream to be an NFL player, and I cannot thank them enough for believing in me and for doing everything in their power to assist in my recovery. I will always be a 49er!”
Lattimore never appeared in a game for the 49ers and was never even healthy enough to be a member of their 53-man roster or practice squad.
Source: USA Today | Nate Davis