Marcus Lattimore retires

San Francisco 49ers tailback Marcus Lattimore retired from the NFL.

Lattimore has had several issues with his left knee since tearing several ligaments against Tennessee two years ago while playing for South Carolina.

The fourth round draft pick said that getting “fully back to the level the NFL demands has proven to be insurmountable. After prayer and careful consideration, I have decided it’s time to end my professional football career. I have given my heart and soul to the game that I love, and it’s time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life and help others.”

Lattimore said he plans to return to school to complete his degree requirements.

“This was a very difficult decision for Marcus and it was clear after speaking with him that he had put a lot of thought into it,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said of Lattimore. “He is a high-character young man who has done everything asked of him and more during his time with us and we have a great deal of respect for the strength and commitment he showed throughout the rehab process.

“It has been a pleasure to have Marcus as a member of our team and our community and we are confident that he will be very successful in whichever path he chooses to take in life. We look forward to supporting Marcus and wish him nothing but the best.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.