Many national pundits have given their opinion on whether LSU running back Leonard Fournette should play football at all this season.
Given his status as one of the nation’s top pro prospects, the argument by some has been that he’s best served by sitting out the 2016 college football season to protect his health.
Fournette has given zero indication that he would even entertain that idea, even flatly shooting down the notion at SEC media days. But that hasn’t stopped people from talking about it anyway.
Recently, former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore was asked what type of advice he would give Fournette during an interview with Paul Gant.
If anyone is qualified to have an opinion on the topic, it is Lattimore. The former Gamecocks great watched his dreams of a successful professional football career be decimated by a pair of gruesome knee injuries in college which left him as a shell of the special player that he was when he arrived on campus in Columbia.
“I would tell him to be as informed as possible and make, in this case, I’m telling him to be selfish,” Lattimore said, according to a transcription from The State’s Josh Kendall. “Make the best decision for you. But him being a team guy, I highly doubt he would sit out a whole season and I wouldn’t either. I’m a team guy. He’s a team guy. It’s probably not going to happen, but I’m telling him as a friend, be selfish and make the decision for you.”
You can listen to the entirety of the interview here: