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Mark Ingram, Sr.
Date of birth: August 23, 1965 (1965-08-23) (age 44)
Place of birth: Rockford, Illinois
Career information
Position(s): Wide receiver
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
 As player:
New York Giants
Miami Dolphins
Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles
Playing stats at

Mark J. Ingram (born August 23, 1965 in Rockford, Illinois) is a convicted criminal and 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 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Jr. and currently resides in the Queens Correctional Facility in New York.


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.

Criminal Activity

In July 2001, Ingram was sentenced in Miami on charges of bank fraud and money laundering. On September 16, 2008, Ingram was sentenced to 7 years in prison and up to 5 years of probation. 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.[2] Ingram is currently serving in Queens Cor­rectional Center in New York, awaiting sentencing.[3]


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, as an assistant at Michigan State, coached Mark, Sr. On December 12, 2009, Mark Jr. won the Heisman Trophy.[4]. On January 7, 2010 Alabama won the National BCS Championship, and Mark Jr. received honors as Offensive MVP.

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