Before running back Marcus Lattimore tore the three major ligaments in his left knee in 2012, he was one of the top running back prospects in college football.
Lattimore never played for South Carolina again and wound up getting picked by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, but didn’t play at all last season as he recovered from the injury. One might think that Lattimore would lament what might have been if he stayed healthy in his final college season, but the running back is looking at things from a different angle.
Lattimore said he learned a lot about nutrition while rehabbing and thinks he’s a healthier and smarter athlete now. He’s also communicated with others going through serious injuries and says he’s been both inspired and an inspiration through the process.
“Really, the whole experience has been a blessing,” Lattimore said, via ESPN.com. “It is making a good thing out of a bad thing.”
Lattimore is looking forward to the April 21 start of offseason workouts so he can start working his way into whatever role on the offense that the 49ers have in mind. If his health cooperates, that role could wind up being a sizable one after a busy 2013 for 30-year-old Frank Gore.