Mark Ingram Sr.

For his son, see Mark Ingram Jr.
Mark Ingram
No. 82, 85
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-08-23) August 23, 1965
Place of birth: Rockford, Illinois
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Flint (MI) Northwestern
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 265
Receiving yards: 3,926
Touchdowns: 26
Player stats at

Mark Ingram Sr. (born August 23, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants (1987-1992), the Miami Dolphins (1993-1994), the Green Bay Packers (1995), and the Philadelphia Eagles (1996). He is the father of the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner and New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram Jr. Both were drafted in the 1st round of their respective draft classes as the 28th pick overall.

Early career

Ingram played high school football at Flint Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. In high school, Ingram played at the quarterback position with Andre Rison at halfback. He then played college football at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. At Michigan State, Ingram was moved to the position of wide receiver, where he remained throughout his collegiate and professional career.

Professional career

Ingram was drafted by the Giants in the first round (28th overall) in the 1987 NFL Draft. He is probably best known for a third down play in Super Bowl XXV in which he eluded at least five Buffalo Bills defenders to achieve a critical first down for the Giants to sustain a long touchdown drive. He finished the game as the Giants top receiver with five catches for 77 yards. As a Miami Dolphin, in a game against the New York Jets, Ingram caught four touchdown passes from Dan Marino. The most notable was the game-winning touchdown, which was the result of Marino faking out the Jets defense by indicating he was going to spike the ball to stop the clock. Instead, he lobbed a short pass to Ingram, who was open in the end zone.

Ingram retired after the 1996 season.

On September 16, 2008, Ingram was sentenced to 7 years in prison and up to 5 years of probation for money laundering and fraud. He was also ordered in a Long Island federal court to pay $252,000 in restitution.[1] Ingram failed to show up to a federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky to turn himself in on December 5, 2008, and an arrest warrant was issued for him. On January 2, 2009, Ingram was arrested in a Flint, Michigan hotel room, where he was preparing to watch his son play in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Alabama lost the game to the Utah Utes by a score of 31-17.[2] On March 22, 2010, in a courtroom in Central Islip, New York, Ingram was sentenced to an additional two years in prison for jumping bail to see his son, Mark Ingram Jr. play for Alabama.[3][4] He was housed at Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) as inmate 22749-050, and was then in the custody of the Residential Reentry Management Detroit, with an expected release date of 11/14/2015 according to the Federal Inmate Locator page.[5] Ingram was released from prison in early 2015.


In 2008, Ingram's son, Mark Ingram Jr., began his college football career as a running back for the Alabama Crimson Tide, coached by Nick Saban, who coached Mark Sr. as an assistant at Michigan State. On December 12, 2009, Mark Jr. won the Heisman Trophy.[6] On January 7, 2010 Alabama won the National BCS Championship, and Mark Jr. received honors as Offensive MVP. On April 28, 2011 Mark Jr. was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 1st Round (28th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, marking the first time a father and son were drafted with the same pick in the NFL Draft.

See also


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