San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is contemplating whether he wants to continue playing football, according to a report from CSN Bay Area. Lattimore is working his way back from a serious knee injury he suffered in 2012 while playing for the University of South Carolina. According to the report, Lattimore’s status going forward is “up in the air.”
Lattimore was once thought of as a top NFL prospect before suffering a second knee injury. He opted to head to the NFL a year early despite the injury and was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the 49ers. San Francisco had a deep roster and plenty of draft picks, so the selection made sense for the future. The 49ers didn’t need to rush Lattimore and could give him time to fully recover. Lattimore sat out all of last season and opened this year on the physically unable to perform list. He was only recently medically cleared and practiced for the first time this week. He felt pain in the knee after practicing twice, leading him to contemplate his future.
A standout at South Carolina, Lattimore was the Sporting News Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-American in 2010, with 1,197 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. After tearing a knee ligament in 2011, he returned for the 2012 season and was playing well before dislocating his right knee in a game against Tennessee.
I think this Jerry Brewer breakdown of the Bruce Allen-Scot McCloughan dynamic in the Washington Post is definitely worth your time. It’s a reminder of how messy it can get when decision makers get greedy and want credit for their individual contributions. Imagine if the Washington football team had actually won a playoff game these last two years.
During Super Bowl week, I spent seven hours one night riding shotgun while shadowing an Uber driver desperate to make money, picking up drunk customers heading to parties. We made 14 rides over the course of seven hours of work. Only one person tipped the driver. This is a public service announcement: There is no tip included in your Uber fare. I think people should start taking the initiative to tip your Uber drivers.