Just like that, Mark Ingram's name will be known to college football fans for decades to come. Tonight he was named this year's winner of the Heisman Trophy, the first player from Alabama to win the prestigious trophy. During his acceptance speech, Ingram made sure to share the credit: "I'd like to thank my teammates. It truly is a team award, and they've had a tremendous amount to do with my success." And before he got there, Ingram was overcome by emotions, with tears streaming down his face as he embraced the moment:
There were several moments, in fact, where it looked like Ingram might break down in tears. And even though Ndamukong Suh was clearly the most dominant player in college football this year--and someone that's more likely to cry blood, like a comic book villain, than shed an actual tear--Ingram's tears reminded you just how momentous this award can be for young college football players, and his induction into the fraternity of Heisman winners was heartwarming just the same.
It was the closest Heisman race of all time--just 28 points separated Ingram from Stanford's Toby Gerhart, who finished as the runner-up--as Colt McCoy and Suh garnered a significant chunk of the votes despite finishing 3rd and 4th, respectively. But however close, Ingram finished on top, and as a result, he'll be remembered for years to come.