As a cornerback for the New Orleans Saints where he spots the number 23 jersey, Marshon Lattimore is admired for his talent and engaging personality. Even though the professional American football player only joined the NFL in 2017, he has already established himself as one of the top defensive players in the league.
Lattimore is definitely one rising star to watch out for. Find out more about him here including his bio, body stats, brother, family facts, etc.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Marshon Demond Lattimore was born on the 20th of May 1996 in Cleveland, Ohio. He had his high school education at Glenville High School Cleveland where he played football both in an offensive position (wide receiver) and defensive position (cornerback). In his senior year, he caught 40 receptions for 911 yards and made 16 touchdowns as he helped his school to qualify for the division 11 Ohio Championship game. In recognition of his personal exploits, he was named the defensive player of the year in the division and Associated Press also named him as a first team All-State.
Unsurprisingly, Marshon Lattimore was courted by several colleges but he settled for Ohio State University where he spent three years, 2014 to 2016. At Ohio State, Lattimore’s career was hampered by a redshirt in his first year and a hamstring injury in his second year. He, however, got his opportunity to shine in his third year and the Cleveland native did not disappoint. He started all games that year (2016 season) and posted 41 tackles (30 solos), one stop for loss, four interceptions, and 13 passes defended. His strong performance was enough to catch the attention of the NFL, despite the fact that he only had one full season, and he was rated the number 1 cornerback in the draft by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, etc.
Marshon Lattimore lived up to predictions and was picked in the very first round of the 2017 draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was the 11th overall pick of that year and the Saints signed him to a four-year contract worth $15,350,000. Even though he was just a rookie, the Saints gave him ample playing opportunities and he rewarded their faith in him. In a total of 13 games for the Saints (all of which he started), he made 53 tackles (44 solos), one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, five interceptions for 85 yards, and 18 passes defended as the Saints finished first in their division and qualified for the playoffs.
Lattimore recorded his first career interception off a pass by Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in week 6 of his rookie season. As a testament to his amazing individual performances, he was elected to the 2018 Pro Bowl and was unanimously named the NFL defensive rookie of the year by Associated Press, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated, and PFWA. He was also named the NFL defensive rookie of the month on two occasions (October and December 2017), becoming the first player to achieve such a feat twice. The New Orleans star is currently in his sophomore season in the league and is still going stronger and better.
Marshon Lattimore Brother and Family
Marshon Lattimore comes from an athletically gifted family. His mum, Felicia Killebrew had brothers who were football players while his dad, Marland Lattimore was an outstanding quarterback in high school. His dad was so good that he earned a scholarship to Central State University in Ohio. Unfortunately, his career was prematurely ended by a knee injury in his first year. Just like his dad, Lattimore nearly had his own dreams cut short by injury. He suffered a persistent hamstring injury in his freshman year and his sophomore year but was able to recover from it completely and move on with his career.
There is no indication that Lattimore has a brother but if there is one person he regards as a brother, it is Chris Worley who is a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals. Both Lattimore and Worley grew up playing football together as kids and eventually played at the same high school and the same college.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Marshon Lattimore is exactly 6 feet tall and weighs a modest 193 lb (87.5 kg). His arm length is 31 1/4 inches while his hand size is 8 7/8 inches. Even though he is of average size, he makes up for it with his explosive athleticism and agility. Another thing that he has going for him is his confidence and competitive nature.