Marcus Lattimore to serve as ambassador at South Carolina

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It didn't take long for Marcus Lattimore to find his second career, and find it in a familiar place.



Lattimore, a former San Francisco 49ers running back who retired last month just days after his 23rd birthday because of knee injuries, will return to South Carolina to complete an undergraduate degree and work in the athletic department in an "ambassador" role.

"There's been some back-and-forth. I'll most likely work with the university, coach (Ray) Tanner, president (Harris) Pastides, coach (Steve) Spurrier, whatever they need me to do," Lattimore said, according to gogamecocks.com. "No official title that we have talked about yet, but we're trying to get something nailed down."

Lattimore said he would probably complete a public health degree in January 2016.

Lattimore suffered two major knee injuries while at South Carolina, the second of which damaged his draft stock. Lattimore was chosen by the 49ers in the fourth round of the 2013 draft but sat out his rookie season while recovering. Upon his retirement, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Lattimore would be welcome back at South Carolina with a job of some kind in the athletic department.

Lattimore also made a strong impression on the 49ers, which honored his contract, and he parted on good terms with coach Jim Harbaugh despite never playing in an NFL game.

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