We sat down for an interview via phone this morning with San Francisco 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore @MarcusLattimore, who was in Columbus, Ohio for the Arnold Classic representing EAS Sports Nutrition. On October 27, 2012, Lattimore suffered a horrific ACL, PCL and MCL knee injury against the Tennessee Volunteers. Can Lattimore make a full comeback?
Will Lattimore be healthy enough this season to start the progression to becoming Frank Gore’s successor?
You’re at the Arnold Classic in partnership with EAS Sports Nutrition. How about those female bodybuilders there? Some of them could probably play in the NFL.
“I heard all about it these past two days, but this is actually my first one and I’m excited to see it.”
What’s up with Coach Spurrier always going shirtless with that body?
“He thinks he’s still got it! Coach Spurrier is a character. I love him. Great coach. Great person. And when it’s hot, he will take that shirt off. It means nothing to him, and he walks around like, “what are you looking at?” Like, “it’s cool.”
Think he could benefit from some EAS products?
“Without question. Everybody can benefit from EAS (visit EAS on Facebook).”
You were sidelined with an injury last year. What was it like having to sit out while your team almost made it to the Super Bowl?
“It was tough, but when they drafted me they told me there was a 95% chance I wouldn’t play this year and so I set my mind to taking the year to recover and recover fully. And EAS has helped me so much in that way, as I take the shakes and the myoplex and other stuff. That gave me a year to get my body back to where it was. But it was tough. I dreaded those Sundays that I couldn’t go out there and play and I was just hoping we’d win the game.”
How’s the recovery going?
“I feel good. It’s been 15 months since my surgery. The knee feels good. I got my speed back. My quickness is almost back. I rarely have any soreness after I do a workout. I am ready to go out there and compete and help my team.”
What kind of role do you hope to play in the offense this season?
“When they drafted me, they told me they want me to do everything, and I feel like I’m a complete back. I can catch, run, and pass protect. And that’s what Frank does well, and so I am learning from one of the best. I plan on doing whatever they ask me because I can do it all.”
The 49ers coach, Jim Harbaugh, seems like an interesting guy, very intense. What’s it like being around him?
“I like it. He keeps it fun. There’s never a boring day. It can get monotonous during the season and training camp, but he has something new for us every day. He does a good job of putting you in the mind of like when you were a kid and you played the game for fun. We all know the NFL is a business but when you can bring the fun back into the game, you win more games and I feel like that’s why we win a lot because we have fun while we play.”
Do you have any good stories from your first year in the NFL?
“We got the chance to go to London this year and that was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. During the week, just being in London with the guys was awesome.”
What were the British fans like? Did they understand the game? Were they into it?
“I don’t know if they understood it, but the stadium was going crazy. They are a little more into ‘real football’ over there but it was a good experience. The stadium was awesome and everything about the trip was wonderful. That was a once in a lifetime trip, something I will remember forever.”
You recently tweeted, “bury me in my Gamecock hat, I love my state.” What’s so great about South Carolina?
“I’m born and raised there. I’m from a town of 2000 people. When I went to Carolina, they took care of me. I never really knew the passion that the people have for football, whether it’s Carolina or Clemson, until I went there. After I got there I understood that this means a lot to them and I stayed there and tried to help the team and it was just a great experience. I am forever indebted to them. I’m a Carolina boy all the way.”
If I am in South Carolina, what do I need to do? Where do I need to go?
“You have to go to Charleston. It’s the #1 city in the US and has the best seafood. You have to visit the coast. The inland is great, too, and that’s where all the good barbeque is, but you have to visit the coast, anywhere from Georgetown to Myrtle Beach.”