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The story of Marcus Lattimore's horrific knee injury has been told a billion times over, and while many of us, including Lattimore himself, will never forget that unfaithful day, it's time to move on to actual football details.
Yes, if Lattimore can make a fully recovery, and then succeed in the NFL, it should make a heartwarming story for any fan who loves the underdog.
However, the rehabilitation and recovery process is also something we should zero in. Luckily for Niners fans, it seems Lattimore and the 49ers coaching and front office personnel are on the same page.
Both sides see the need to take this process slow, despite claims that Lattimore could be ready for football-related activities come training camp.
"I know they're going to lead me in the right direction," Lattimore said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle (subscription required). "So I'm all good with the plan that we have."
What's even more impressive is Lattimore's willingness to accept the obvious comparisons to 49ers running back, Frank Gore.
Lattimore on Gore as a key mentor:
"I think we're already building a good relationship," he said. "I want to learn from the best and he's the best."
Both Gore and Lattimore suffered serious injuries while in college, and while graded highly, both backs suffered draft day drops due to their ailments.
They now share a common bond.