Marcus Lattimore suffered one of the most devastating knee injuries in recent memory. The horrors of watching his Carolina career come to a close earlier than originally thought sent shockwaves through the SEC and around the rest of the country, too.
There was talk when the injury first happened that Lattimore would have to sit out the entire 2013 season no matter if it was at USC or in the NFL, but just three months out of surgery, Lattimore actually hopes to be ready by the start of the NFL season. Surgeon Dr. James Andrews said his recovery is “nothing short of a miracle” and is “way ahead of schedule”.
“When Dr. Andrews came in to see me, he said, ‘You’re doing remarkable; you’re doing everything you can,’ ” Lattimore said. “His words were, ‘You’re going to shock the world.’ That’s what Dr. Andrews said.”
He told media outlets Tuesday that despite the nasty blow and now two bad knees, he never really considered giving up the sport altogether.
“I feel like 80 percent of it is mental,” he said. “If you don’t do your rehab, if you keep asking yourself, ‘Why me?’ your knee reacts to that. You have to stay positive, or you’re not going to come back.”
We saw what Adrian Peterson accomplished just one year removed from his knee surgery, as he came up a few yards short of the NFL rushing record in a season. Now, Lattimore will try and follow suit in Peterson’s footsteps to make an impact in the NFL in 2013.
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