It had been said on several accounts that running back Marcus Lattimore was the next great talent to come out of the college ranks. Unfortunately for Lattimore and football fans across the country, the young phenom may go down as one of the biggest "what if's" of all-time. Lattimore informed the San Francisco 49ers that he will be retiring.
Here's the statement from Lattimore via 49ers.com:
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"After prayer and careful consideration, I have decided it’s time to end my professional football career,” said Lattimore. “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!