Report: Marcus Lattimore plans to retire from the NFL

AP

Marcus Lattimore, the talented running back who never played a professional game after suffering a devastating knee injury in college, has reportedly decided to call it a career.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Lattimore is expected to retire as he continues to deal with knee issues.

Lattimore’s agent, Michael Perrett, told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that no decision had been made and Lattimore is still weighing his options.

Lattimore was viewed as a likely first-round draft pick at South Carolina until he suffered a gruesome knee injury during his last year playing for the Gamecocks. That injury was so severe that doctors initially told Lattimore that he might never walk unassisted again, but it turned out that Lattimore was able to rehabilitate well enough that he started running, and the 49ers took him in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2013.

Unfortunately, despite many reports that Lattimore was working hard and motivated to return, he simply wasn’t able to get all the way back. It looks like he never will.

64 responses to “Report: Marcus Lattimore plans to retire from the NFL

  1. I don’t understand. Why would any kid want to leave college early for the NFL? It’s not like there’s any obvious reason someone would want to turn pro and get paid as soon as possible.

  2. Terrible injury to a great player. It’s a shame that we’ll never get a chance to see what he could have been at the next level. All the best, Marcus!

  3. Too bad he wasn’t able to get all they way back. Best wishes on your future Marcus. There’s more to life than football.

  4. This is a crying shame. You could see star-potential all over this young man when he was at USC, but that injury was horrible.

    Tough break, best of luck Marcus.

  5. Marcus is the type of person any company would be thrilled to hire. You don’t find humility, intelligence, and work ethic around every corner. Good luck to him.

  6. Note to any other college player that thinks it’s wise to leave the NFL early: stay in college and get your degree. It’s always nice to have a back-up plan in case you are unable to play. Further, when a recruit accepts the NCAA form of payment for playing college football, $50k a year in free tuition, don’t major in “Woman’s Studies.” Major in something that can give you a promising professional career when it’s all over.

  7. smart decision,
    as someone who is not a cowboys fan i think Romo should consider retiring despite what non-sense Dr. Jones puts in your head.

    A superbowl trophy isn’t worth walking in a wheel chair.

  8. RomoIsGod says:
    Nov 3, 2014 9:38 AM
    Note to any other college player that thinks it’s wise to leave the NFL early: stay in college and get your degree. It’s always nice to have a back-up plan in case you are unable to play. Further, when a recruit accepts the NCAA form of payment for playing college football, $50k a year in free tuition, don’t major in “Woman’s Studies.” Major in something that can give you a promising professional career when it’s all over.

    —————-

    disagree, get out as early as possible and make as much money as you can in the NFL. you can then go back to school and finish up the last year and get the degree.

    agree on getting a real degree.

  9. This is horrible, but the good news in this is that he received 2 years worth of salary in the NFL, maybe a little over $1 million. This is something that te NFL and the 49’ers got right even if he didnt play. He had a horrific injury plying for free. Now he can walk into etrement and maybe be able to play with his kids.

  10. RomoIsGod says: Nov 3, 2014 9:38 AM

    Note to any other college player that thinks it’s wise to leave the NFL early: stay in college and get your degree. It’s always nice to have a back-up plan in case you are unable to play. Further, when a recruit accepts the NCAA form of payment for playing college football, $50k a year in free tuition, don’t major in “Woman’s Studies.” Major in something that can give you a promising professional career when it’s all over.
    ————

    But if you take up a real major, you’d have to you like, you know, go to classes and stuff. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

  11. If a player is good enough to go to the NFL, they should go. Staying in school is nonsensical. If you blow out your at the next level, you can go back to school with the millions of dollars you’ve made and get your education.

    I was hoping that Lattimore could pull a Willis McGahee. He managed to have a solid career after a devastating college injury. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

  12. “The guy had talent.” = We don’t want to look stupid for wasting a fourth round pick on this guy, so let’s say this instead. -Whiner fans everywhere.

    #HARBAUGHHASLOSTTHELOCKERROOM
    #ONTOMICHIGAN
    #WHINERSOUTOFPLAYOFFPICTURE
    #SEAHAWKSDYNASTY
    #REPETE

  13. sucks.

    kid had real talent.

    That’s the game though, you’re one play away from glory, and one play away from retirement.

  14. Perhaps he should hold off on retiring for a few more games.

    I’m sure the Niners can spare a spot on their active roster and let him appear on the gameday roster for 1 game.

    Wink/Nod deal with the other team, Lattimore fields a Kickoff or whatever that doesn’t involve getting his knees taken out.

  15. Marcus’ challenge is to move forward with his life.
    He was a supremely gifted college footballer and had the bad luck to sustain a gruesome injury.
    The mental toughness to come back from this was present, but the body wasn’t able.
    Marcus needs to put it behind and move forward with his life. Best wishes from someone who appreciated his contributions on the field.
    Good luck in finding happiness. You deserve it.

  16. From a Seahawks fan: Sorry he never got to play a down in the NFL. Seemed like a great kid, incredibly hard worker, just a shame he couldn’t get healthy!

  17. That sucks for us as I was really hoping he could heal up and finally get a shot at playing. But for Marcus, individually…at least he got drafted, got a paycheck and was able to get the rehab he needed to recover while participating in an NFL locker room. Just unfortunately it wasn’t enough to start his career in the NFL. Best of luck, Marcus!

  18. Shocking. Niners are having a bad season and they could have used that pick on someone who could actually contribute. All the people who said what a great pick he was because they were stacked with talent and had a lot of draft picks and blah blah blah look pretty silly now. I’m not a doctor and I could have very easily told them that it was a bad move.

  19. This is just a shame… He worked so hard to achieve his goal and it was cut short. More talented than any idiot posting here who bash him or the team that drafted him…because he didn’t play for their team or whatever.. He had a bright career in the NFL, hope he suceeds in whatever endeavor he partakes in..

  20. Hopefully he had enough after his agent’s take, and the taxes to invest with a good financial advisor. Wish him all the best.

  21. This Clemson fan felt for him when he was injured and now. He’s a class act. I’ll avoid the comment about how rare that is for that program.

  22. Vikings fan here,

    Says a lot about the 9ers AND this kids talent that he went in the 4th round. I remember watching that play and getting sick to my stomach. First from the hit, second knowing how much that kid just lost. These athletes give up so much and to get that close to your dream and not reach it would kill most men. Good luck Lattimore in your next phase of life.

  23. Unlike some of the other Hawk fan trolls here, I am sad to see this. So much promise, used up by 22. It is a great inspiration that he’s taking the time to help educate others. He could have gone many different roads given his challenges. Good for him for taking the high road. (Maybe some of my fellow hawk fans could learn the same).

  24. Awe man, as a 49er fan…I wish you well Marcus, you brought nothing but class and character to our team. Granted you didn’t get a chance to impact any games on the football field, however you did impact the organization and your teammates with your selfless work ethic and determination to live your dream of playing in the NFL. Playing in the NFL is a priviledge, not a right and maybe your class and intergrity and rub off on Aldon soon. I wish you nothing but the best in your next endeavors and good luck!

    PS…to all those Hawks fans who said we wasted a 4th round pick on him…you gave up a 1st round pick for Brittle Harvin, and that pick turned out to be Patterson. Think about that for a moment or two.

  25. I was afraid this was coming. Lattimore was drafted in the spring of 2013, and a couple of months ago, it came out that he wasn’t up to speed yet. You can’t expect an NFL team to continue to carry him if he’s not able to play.

    Marcus is a high class young man, and I wish him well with his future endeavors. I hope he finishes his degree and finds something he enjoys. Man, what could have been….

  26. HOPE he goes back to south carolina and finishes his degree,,,I’m sure he got paid the last two years and has some of it for tution,,,and keeps his life on track

  27. When one door closes, another opens.
    I wish him luck in whatever he decides to do.
    Too bad we will not be able to watch his talent shine in the NFL, he was a thrilling runner. Good luck.

  28. After Harbaughs first year, the niners were feeling Really, really good about themselves…too good, then they proceeded to start pissing away draft picks, gambling on players.. It’s hurting them now.

  29. It was actually knee injuries, not a single knee injury. He tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in 2011, and the ACL and MCL in his right knee in 2012.

    To even get as far as he’s gotten since then is extraordinary.

  30. With the major conferences all headed the route of 4-year guaranteed scholarships, it’ll be even a smarter move to go pro early since the scholarship would still be waiting for later. Yes, guys should get their degrees but if big money is being offered now it’s smart to take it now. That same advice would apply to some kid at MIT who’d started some little company and had the opportunity to run it with a bunch of venture capital. You can always finish your education a bit later on.

  31. Very sad. I thought him going in the 4th round was a decent gamble, expecting Lattimore would eventually get on the field and become the feature back when Gore would retire. It’s a real shame the knees never quite got back to where they were.

  32. Tough outcome for this kid who tried like hell to make it. I thought the 4th round pick was a pretty good gamble at the time. If he had made it he would be the heir apparent to Gore.

  33. very sad….the 49ers made a gamble, but if it worked out, it would’ve been great, but sadly, that injury was just too bad to try to come back from and Lattimore more than likely tried as hard as he could to play. he would’ve been a great pro if the injury didnt happen. he had so much Lynch-like talent.

  34. Notice the only douchey comments come from the seahawks bandwagon that make the whole fanbase look bad. Unfortunately there is more of the former on this page.

  35. This is why Kids take money in college. Yeah it sound great for us to get on our high horse and be this high and might moral order when we haven’t been put in these situations some of us not even close to being the athletes these kids are , but this stuff happens just like the kid from Alabama a few years back Tyrone Prothro the receiver who broke his ankle. Heck they even wanted to take his scholarship back or something to that effect. Hate that it ended this way for the kid. I wish him the best, but this is why they do it nothing in life is guaranteed.

  36. That’s really sad to hear. He was so great at South Carolina, and I think fans of every team were all pulling for him to be able to have his turn on an NFL field. If this is it for him, then I really hope he succeeds at whatever he chooses to do after football and that his injury doesn’t affect the way he lives his life going forward. Good luck, big guy

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