Defensive tackle B.J. Raji was the first to mention after the game what impact Lattimore had in the locker room, saying Lattimore “really spoke from the heart, got real emotional.” Fellow defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said that “Lattimore said some passionate words.”
What exactly Lattimore said may forever remain inside the walls of the visitor’s locker room at AT&T Stadium, but the effect will long be remembered.
“Not to be a (expletive) or anything, but I’d rather not speak on that,” the ever-polite Lattimore said in a voice so low you could barely hear him.
Talking to Lattimore now, one might think he was incapable of even raising his voice. In fact, the third-year pro said he had never done so in front of his teammates. As a backup on defense and a core special teams player, Lattimore has long been one of those players who went about his business quietly.
Even in college at Middle Tennessee State, when he was one of the best players on the team, he said he was the same way.
Until Sunday, when he found himself on the wrong end of a 23-point game at halftime.
“I wasn’t planning on doing it or anything,” Lattimore said. “It just happened.”
“It was just a passion for the game, just me loving the game,” he added. “My attitude was just, we’re losing 26-3, however you want to put it or interpret it.”
And it goes to show how big of an impact someone who played only seven snaps on defense can have on a game.
Even players on the offense, whose lockers were separated from their defensive teammates by a partition, said they could hear what Lattimore had to say.
When told of that, Lattimore smiled and said in a hushed tone, “I was pretty loud. It was meant for everybody to hear it.”