Former Gamecock great and current San Francisco 49er running back Marcus Lattimore made an appearance in Greenwood Friday at the Greenwood Saw Co.
The Gamecocks’ all-time leader in touchdowns and rushing touchdowns said the Emerald City felt like home.
“This is my first time in Greenwood, but it’s what I’m used to,” Lattimore said. “There is a bunch of beautiful people here, people who respect you. That’s why I love South Carolina.”
Lattimore came to Greenwood on an invitation from the owner of Greenwood Saw Co., Paul Kennemore.
“Marcus is such a great young man from a great family,” Kennemore said of arguably the most beloved Gamecock. “When he was hurt and people were sending him letters, he didn’t open the fancy ones. He looked for the scribble of a child and opened those first. Those were the ones he talked about.”
Lattimore signed autographs and posed for pictures with scores of fans for nearly three hours. Lattimore even signed the cast of 6-year-old Jackson Evans. Evans broke his leg at Lander’s basketball camp and had Lattimore sign it right on the front. When he asked why he loved Lattimore so much, Evans replied simply, “Because he’s the fastest runner in the world.”
Lattimore said seeing his fans come out and show their support for him was special.
“It means a lot to see the fans out here,” Lattimore said. “I love the fans. It’s special to me to know that what I did at Carolina on and off the field meant so much to so many people. I love Carolina. I’m a Gamecock forever.”