After taking a few days to think it over, Marcus Lattimore decided on Wednesday to end his NFL career.
The 49ers announced that the running back from Duncan, South Carolina, intends to retire. The 49ers praised Lattimore for his effort during his time with the team, with general manager Trent Baalke saying:
"He is a high-character young man who has done everything asked of him and more during his time with us and we have a great deal of respect for the strength and commitment he showed throughout the rehab process. It has been a pleasure to have Marcus as a member of our team and our community and we are confident that he will be very successful in whichever path he chooses to take in life. We look forward to supporting Marcus and wish him nothing but the best."
Steve Spurrier stated at his Tuesday press conference that he hopes Lattimore considers returning to the Gamecocks, where Spurrier believes the university will certainly find him a role.
Lattimore logged 555 carries for 2677 yards as a Gamecock, with 38 touchdowns on the ground and an additional three receiving scores. He left as one of the most beloved players to ever wear the garnet and black, respected by friend and foe alike.
Update: Lattimore's statement, in full, below.
November 5, 2014