By now I'm sure you have all heard the terrible news that took place last weekend involving South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore. The junior was hurt in a game against Tennessee, as his knee hit an opposing player’s helmet, bending his leg in a way legs aren't supposed to bend.
The injury was gruesome and is even worse for the young man, considering he just rehabbed from a torn ACL he suffered last season. It is being reported that he has a hyperextended right knee and could miss all of the 2013 season due to rehab, forcing him to return in 2014 if he receives a redshirt.
When the injury took place, many felt for the Gamecock star, as tweets and comments flooded the Internet by the thousands, including professional athletes offering their support for one of the top running backs in the country.
Here are some of the athletes that reached out to the young man.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice sure knows what it is like to experience injuries throughout his career.
Oakland Raiders Terrelle Pryor doesn't see the field much, so he was able to take time out of his day to offer some support.
Prayers go up to Lattimore! Terrible news Godbless— Terrelle Pryor(@TerrellePryor) October 27, 2012
LeBron James is a big college football fan, so you know he was watching the game and was saddened like the rest of us.
Feel awful for Marcus Lattimore. Sad.Really hope he recovers fully!! #BigTimePlayer— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2012
Indiana Pacers Paul George reaches out.
Prayers go out to Marcus Lattimore!!— Paul George (@King24George) October 28, 2012
Houston Texans J.J. Watt wishes the South Carolina running back well.
Thoughts are with Marcus Lattimore. Have heard nothing but great things about him, so tough to see that happen. Wishing him all the best.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 28, 2012
From one former SEC player to a current one, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green wishes a speedy recovery.
Sending prayers out to Marcus Lattimore and his family! He's such a great player man! Hope he has a speedy recovery....— Aj Green (@ajgreen_18) October 27, 2012
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart has dealt with injuries throughout his career.
Prayers out to Marcus Lattimore and his family!— Jonathan Stewart (@Jonathanstewar1) October 27, 2012
Former Alabama running back and current New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram hopes Lattimore can bounce back.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Marcus Lattimore. I pray hard that you recover well!! Wish nothing but the best for you man!— Mark Ingram(@Mark_Ingram28) October 27, 2012
Even New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow showed his support.
Prayers go out to Marcus Lattimore. Such a talented athlete. Stay Strong.— Tim Tebow (@TheTimmyTebow) October 27, 2012
Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskin quarterback Robert Griffin III reminds us all that football players are still humans at the end of the day.
We are warriors on the field, but are human as well. I pray everyone sends prayers forth for Marcus Lattimore & others that are injured— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 27, 2012
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray tweeted his thoughts on Lattimore.
Praying for Marcus Lattimore. Hate to see the best RB in college go down. Keep ya head up my man!— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) October 27, 2012
Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden wishes the junior running back nothing but the best.
Hate to see the injury to Marcus Lattimore. Special player w/ a ton of ability. Wishing him all the best.— Brandon Weeden (@bweeden3) October 27, 2012
Chicago Bears Lance Briggs also chimed in.
I feel so bad for marcus lattimore. Stay strong.— lance briggs (@55Berger) October 27, 2012
Minnesota Vikings star Percy Harvin sent out his thoughts as well.
Prayers out to Marcus Latimore #Respect— Percy Harvin (@Percy_Harvin) October 27, 2012
Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson hopes Lattimore can recover quickly.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Marcus Lattimore. Wish him a speedy recovery a great young running back.— andre johnson (@johnson80) October 27, 2012
It is clear that Lattimore has had an impact on more than just college football and the field he runs across. Hopefully he is able to bounce back from another devastating injury and we will see him back on the gridiron sooner than later.