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Recently retired 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore believes he has a pretty good read on what the 49ers’ locker room thinks of coach Jim Harbaugh.
And it’s not what has been portrayed by national reports this season.
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“Coach Harbaugh is a football player,” Lattimore said Tuesday on “We Need to Talk” on the CBS Sports Network. “He loves football. If he could be out there right now he would. He’s so competitive.
“The vibe in the locker room is that the players love him. We love everything he does… I love coach Harbaugh and so do the other players. We are not having the greatest season, but look at his track record. We went to the Super Bowl. We went to back-to-back NFC Championships. It’s hard to get a win in the NFL. I think we will be fine.”
Lattimore announced his retirement last month after still experiencing pain in his knee from an October 2012 injury while playing at South Carolina. Lattimore never played in an NFL game with the 49ers after being selected in the fourth round of 2013 draft.
“I put blood, sweat and tears into everything,” Lattimore said. “(The knee injury) was painful, and I became just a body after that. I did not feel like myself at all (with) any movements that I was doing – running the ball or catching the ball. I knew football was over for me. I had to make a grown-up decision. I cried. I prayed about it. I’m at peace with it.”