”Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology.”
-Oscar Goldman, on the open to The Six Million Dollar Man show
San Francisco drafts injured South Carolina running back
It really is possible to rebuild him. To rebuild one of the hottest running backs in the country. The 49ers know this. They already have one very good running back with two rebuilt knees. So the 49ers officially wagered on the technology when they selected South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. This means Marcus Lattimore is now a member of a unique club. He joins three other NFL running backs that have come back successfully from horrific knee injuries: Willis McGahee of the Denver Broncos, Frank Gore of the 49ers, and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. These men also share the same doctor, renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews. Because they can understand each other, very well, some of YouWager’s serious NFL football wagering fans see this group as a kind of support group. It appears to be true. By dialogue, if some recent tweets are to be believed, and by example.
Adrian Peterson came back from injury in the 2012 NFL football betting season for the Minnesota Vikings, and rushed for 2,097 yards. Predicted to be a first-round draft pick, Willis McGahee tore 3 ligaments in a college bowl game. Buffalo gambled on his recovery, and let him take a year off in rehab, and he has since run for more than 1,000 yards, 4 times for them. Frank Gore had surgeries on both knees, when he played for Alabama, before San Francisco drafted him in 2005. He now has San Francisco’s all-time record for running the ground game.
Dr. James Andrews told a YouWager news source he feels a special bond with Lattimore. After one surgical repair, Lattimore suffered an injury to the other knee that was so terrible, many YouWager bettors admit it’s hard to watch the replay video. Lattimore’s leg can be seen flopping from side to side as they carry him away on a stretcher. Later, Andrews admitted, the damage to the athlete’s knee was so horrible, that when he when he first began to operate, he thought Lattimore knee “looked like hamburger.”
When Lattimore was carried away from that fatal game, he was openly crying. He didn’t care if anyone saw him. He thought his career in football was over. “At that moment, I really thought I was done,” he said. He wondered, “Why me?” As if to answer his question, Dr. Andrews told YouWager’s source, “This proves bad things happen to good people.”
Andrews has spoken highly of Lattimore’s dedication to recovery. He compares Lattimore’s recovery to Adrian Peterson’s. Along with similar injuries, “their work ethics are the same — very, very focused and advanced,” he said.
When Lattimore, knowing that Peterson had rebounded from a similar surgery, watched Peterson perform, on TV, in his hospital room, as Peterson rushed for 182 yards and made 2 touchdowns in game against Seattle, he decided an NFL career could still be possible for him, too.
He told YouWager’s source, “My mind was made up then.”