The above photo was the scene on October 27, 2012, when Tennessee was visiting South Carolina in a big-time conference showdown.
Superstar running back Marcus Lattimore, who spent the majority of his 2011 season rehabbing a torn ACL, went down once again — only this time with an injury that was seen as career-ending at the time.
Below is the scene at South Carolina’s Pro Day on March 27, 2013, five months to the day of Lattimore’s gruesome injury.
There is the young man, running drills for a room full of NFL scouts and executives. In one spectacular afternoon, Lattimore did not go through a full round of drills. However, in just the 15-20 minutes the former Gamecocks star did perform, he did enough to elicit a standing ovation from the those in attendance.
“It was crazy,” Lattimore said, according to NFL.com. “I did not expect that at all. Pretty much every scout came up to me and said that was amazing and inspiring.”
There is simply no denying Lattimore’s potential superstardom in the NFL, and it is because the running back will not be denied his opportunity to achieve greatness.
“I want to be an inspiration,” Lattimore said. “To let people know that with hard work, and when you trust in God, you can come back from anything and do anything.”
Marcus Lattimore worked out for 32 teams today. Room burst into applause when he was done twitter.com/RobertKlemko/s… Thats awesome.
— #GOAT (@HugeHunter52) March 27, 2013
Happy to see Marcus Lattimore getting a standing ovation at his Pro Day. Hope his recovery continues to go well.
— Olivia Arns(@OliviaArns) March 27, 2013