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Pair of Pro Football Hall of Famers speak to Gamecocks football team

Marcus Lattimore ‘knows how special this place is’

Will Muschamp and South Carolina welcome Gamecocks great Marcus Lattimore to his role with the football team.
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Will Muschamp and South Carolina welcome Gamecocks great Marcus Lattimore to his role with the football team.

South Carolina’s football team got to hear a little bit from two football players who know a thing or two about reaching the pinnacle of the sport.

A combined nine Super Bowl rings can attest to that.

Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp tweeted out pictures of himself and Pro Football Hall of Famers Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley, who spoke to the team. USC often welcomes speakers to talk to the team, and recent ones have included Presidential adviser Anton J. Gunn and NFL player Dominique Easley.

Haley and Lott were both part of a run of Super Bowl winning teams in San Francisco in the 1980s. Haley won three titles with the Cowboys in the 1990s.

Haley grew up in Virginia and played for FCS James Madison. A fearsome pass rusher, he notched more than 100 career sacks in the NFL, making five Pro Bowls and twice winning NFC Defensive Player of the Year.

Lott was one of the hardest hitters of all time, a dominant safety who went from All-American at Southern Cal to 10-time Pro Bowler and eight-time first-team All-Pro. He intercepted 63 passes in his career and topped 100 tackles five times.

South Carolina is coming to the end of its post-spring offseason program. The team will break for Maymester, though 45-55 players will likely stay around to work out. At the end of May, the team will reconvene and add most of its late-enrolling freshmen to start summer conditioning.

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