Originally posted by USCJD:
Another Gamecock fan here. Yes, I also registered just to post here about Lattimore.
I have never been a huge professional football fan. I grew up a college fan and always felt like the pro game lacked the same simple, unadultered feel that college football did. Never did I think that a draft pick would change my opinion. Boy was I wrong.
I followed Marcus closely while I attended USC. I shared in every victory Marcus earned and felt the pain every time he suffered a setback. Marcus isn't just a football player in South Carolina. Marcus represents this ideal, this attitude, this strength that all of us wish we had the ability to muster in times of hardship. His relentless optimism and unquestionable character have inspired so many to strive to handle the unexpected circumstances life sometimes brings with his same grace and composure. Marcus's devotion to his teammates, his family, and his community engendered a feeling of family within all of the USC and South Carolina community. We all feel like we are and strive to be like Marcus Lattimore. As we moved to face the inevitable, it was with bittersweet feelings that we had to accept that Marcus would move on to the NFL. I think we were all reluctant to see him go, but beyond excited to see where.
I've spent the last couple of weeks reading everything I can get my hands on about Marcus and his recent acquisition by the 49ers. Having done that, I'm not sure there would have been a better place for Marcus to be or a better fan-base for him to be adopted by. My excitement for Lattimore has seemed to only compound itself in the recent days and weeks since learning more about the 49ers, their fans, and their reception of Marcus. It seems that Marcus has moved away from his South Carolina family only to join an even larger, equally warm and welcoming west-coast clan. I am absolutely delighted to see ya'll talk about Lattimore with the same sincerity and respect that came to accompany his name during his years at USC.
I know I'm just another one of the Lattimore bandwagon fans. No doubt about that. There was no doubt that I'd be watching the games and following Lattimore, but, from what I've seen of the 49er community thus far, I think that my bandwagon beginnings are manifesting into full-fledged fandom. Needless to say, I'm on board and am excited to see what the 49ers and Lattimore will do in the coming years.
It is with great pride that I say, Go Lattimore, Go 49ers!
Thank you USCJD! Sincerely, I tell you now from a die hard 49ers fan for more than 23 years at age 32, that the 49ers are a team of high integrity and the best team in all of sports when taking care of their own. The players have a highly esteemed front office with a players' coach that truly brings transparency to the field and loves spending time with his guys. Harbaugh absolutely loves Lattimore from so much more than what Marcus has brought on the field, but at the same time will bring the very best healing schedule with the games top trainers to maximize Marcus' recovery to his full potential even if it means slowing his therapy workload.
And the 49ers have a very solid fanbase who are truly "The Faithful." We have been through the last ten years of mediocrity knowing that we will rise back to the top where we belong in the NFL. We never left. We watched every play when the game was out of reach, and would rewatch in the evening, thinking we could fix something that went wrong in the game. Faithful we are and we love that Lattimore is now a 49er
Very similar to the path of Frank Gore and we love Frank Gore so much. Hopefully we have won a Gamecock fan over to become a 49ers fan, because "we" embody the same values that mark Lattimore's walk: family, excellence, togetherness, work, integrity, toughness.
Thanks again for the inspiring words future 49ers fan!