Marcus Lattimore knows how to inspire.
On Thursday, the former South Carolina running back fired up his team during his first pregame speech as the football coach of Heathwood Hall, a private school in Columbia, S.C. In the clip from The State below, you’ll hear Lattimore give sharp instructions that were sure to fire up his players.
“Here’s what you need to know: I don’t care what happens on that field tonight as long as you give me 100 percent,” Lattimore says during the speech. “That’s it. One-hundred percent, and match their intensity from the first snap. … Let’s get it! I love every last one of you all.”
Recently, Mike Wilson spoke with Lattimore for an SEC Country story about the former player’s approach to being a high school coach.
“I thought my life would take a different path,” Lattimore told Wilson. “I thought I would be in the NFL, going into my fifth year. Life takes its turns, and you have to be able to adjust.
“Thank God that I have had good people in my life to help me adjust and navigate through all the adversity that I’ve been through.”
Lattimore ran for 2,677 yards with the Gamecocks from 2010-12. He entered the NFL as a fourth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFL Draft. But he announced his retirement from the NFL in November 2014 after dealing with serious knee injuries throughout his career.
Now, Lattimore looks well on his way to becoming a positive mentor as a high school football coach.
Look, listen: Marcus Lattimore's first pregame speech as Heathwood Hall coach https://t.co/LVwCW99IqA
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