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Once Marcus Lattimore found out that he could return and play football after a harrowing leg injury, the South Carolina running back faced a tough choice.
He was put in this bind because the NFL and NCAA continues to exploit athletes with its outrageously unfair rule that a player has to be three years out of high school to declare for the draft. Lattimore should already be in the NFL. But, the reality of the situation is he had to make a decision.
He could rehabilitate at South Carolina and presumably take a medical redshirt with an eye on coming back to play in 2014. Then he could show NFL teams he was healthy and should be drafted high. Or, he could go to the NFL now, gamble on where he might be drafted and make rehabilitation his full-time job. And then, if he's not drafted high, work towards making back that money on his second contract once he showed he was healthy.
Lattimore chose the latter option and will enter the NFL draft, according to ESPN.
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