Hello Niner fans. I sure hope you guys aren't tired of us Gamecocks coming over here! I am probably repeating what others have said but you got a helluva player and person in Marcus Lattimore. I previously had no allegiance to any NFL team prior to the draft and I decided ever since Marcus announced he was forgoing his last year of eligibility at South Carolina to declare for the NFL Draft that whoever picked him would become the team I pull for. I was so glad it was the 49ers! I definitely had a short list of NFL teams that I wanted him to go to and I believe the 49er organization is possibly the most perfect situation I could have hoped for. A team with such a great history and tradition gained someone who will only further that legacy in Marcus Lattimore.
I was at the game where Marcus Lattimore played his unfortunate final down of South Carolina football. When the injury happened I had no idea how bad it was. My friend who was watching on TV texted me a couple minutes later and just said "Man... it's bad..." I hurt so much for Lattimore in that moment. Possibly one of the most moving things I've ever seen in sports happened when both benches cleared to go out to center field where Marcus was about to be carted off. This is a picture I took at the time:
I had never seen something like that before. It really gives you an idea of how much respect this guy receives, and the best part is that he is so humble about everything he does. One thing that you can be 110% sure of is that he is going to come in and work his a** off for you guys and get back to full health. He is already setting what doctors have called an "impossible" pace for his rehab. He is going to be the ideal team mate and one day I'm sure, a team leader. After his injury our state declared October 29th to be 'Marcus Lattimore Day." This comes a couple days after the injury and also coincides with his birthday.
Sorry for the lengthy post but I just wanted to do like many others have done and let you know what great value the 49ers received with a 4th round pick. I can GUARANTEE that as long as this guy wears a 49ers jersey, he will become one of your all-time favorite players over the next decade and do many great things for the San Francisco 49ers. Thanks and I hope to become an active member of the board. I hope you don't consider us (Gamecock fans, new 49er fans) any kind of bandwagoners. I'm already starting to like the feel of calling myself part of Niner Nation! Go Gamecocks & Go 49ers!
[ Edited by RY4N on Apr 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM ]