Off the Field : Marcus Lattimore

I’m not sure there is a person with a pulse who isn’t rooting for Marcus Lattimore. The junior running back from the University of South Carolina is currently preparing for the NFL Draft; it’s a day that had the chance of never arriving for Lattimore after two seasons of gruesome knee injuries that probably should have ended his career.

If you’re at all squeamish, consider yourself warned:

All of the hard work that Marcus has been putting into recovery was rewarded last Wednesday. There wasn’t a team in the NFL that wasn’t in attendance to see what he could pull off less than 6 months after having his knee flung around like a piece of spaghetti.

He put on quite a showing, that’s for sure. Those who watched were so inspired by his success that they gave him a round of applause and a standing ovation after his workout. That’s something you definitely don’t see everyday from heard-nosed NFL scouts.

If you’ve never seen a pro day before, or you need any measure of life inspiration, watch this video of South Carolina’s pro day. Aside from seeing Lattimore’s otherworldly performance, if you watch to the end you’ll also see a catch you’ve never seen before. Guaranteed.

(Isn’t that amazing?! Good work, South Carolina – whoever created this video is phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever been so compelled by footage of a kicker on a pro day. Seriously, that was incredibly well done!)

During his interviews afterward, Lattimore said the following of his road to recovery:

“I want to be an inspiration, to let people know that with hard work, and when you trust in God, you can come back from anything and do anything.”

I think we can safely say that mission was accomplished.

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