Perhaps I’m late to the party on this one, but for those who weren’t aware, the story of Mark Ingram isn’t your typical All-American narrative. He grew up as the son of Mark Ingram, Sr., a former NFL first-round pick, and an professional wide receiver for more than 12 years.
But after leaving the NFL, Ingram's father fell on hard times, and has been prosecuted in a number of small crimes, such as counterfeiting, credit card theft, and purse snatching. Not exactly a glamorous tradition for Ingram to follow in. But tonight, at least, the Ingram family name was dignified and celebrated, as Mark, Jr. sets about making a name for himself, independent of his father’s weaknesses. It’s a sad story, but it makes tonight’s victory that much happier.
Here, Ingram’s father talks about his son, the superstar: