San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore announced his retirement Wednesday, five days after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right knee.
“After prayer and careful consideration, I have decided it's time to end my professional football career,” Lattimore said in a statement. “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 suffered a gruesome knee injury while playing for South Carolina in 2012. It was his second major knee injury while playing for the Gamecocks, and Lattimore opted to enter the NFL draft the following spring.