In the autumn of 2011, Marcus Lattimore was the best running back in college football — a surefire top NFL pick who appeared physically ready for the pros when he was only a sophomore

But last November, Lattimore abruptly retired from the game he loved and had given much of his life to. He was 23 years old at the time. He had just cause for bitterness and anger over what might have been

Lattimore should have been able to enter college after his sophomore season at South Carolina, but NFL age rules barred him from doing so. Instead, he had to return for his junior season. During that junior season, Lattimore suffered a devastating knee injury. He tried to make it as a pro, but was simply never the same player after that blow Read more…

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