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Marcus Lattimore

Photograph By Steve Boyle for ESPN The Magazine

Lattimore has reason for optimism given the recent NFL running backs who've overcame major knee injuries, like Willis McGahee, Frank Gore and, of course, Adrian Peterson.

"This is a world where Adrian Peterson can tear two ligaments and rush for 2,000 yards eight months later," says the 21-year-old Lattimore in the midst of rehabbing at Dr. James Andrews' Athletes' Performance in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

"And this is (where) he started the road back. Inch-by-inch, just like me."