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Mark Ingram’s Dad Went From Super Bowl Champ to Prison Inmate

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram Jr. has been a solid running back throughout his NFL career. A lot of this has happened, though, while his father Mark Ingram Sr. has dealt with legal troubles. Ingram Sr. was also an NFL football player at one time in his life. He actually was a Super Bowl champion, but now he is a prison inmate.

Mark Ingram Sr. had a decent career in the NFL

Mark Ingram Sr. played in the NFL from 1987 through 1996. The New York Giants selected the wide receiver with the 28th overall pick in the 1987 NFL draft out of Michigan State. His best season was in 1991 when he caught 51 passes for 824 yards and three touchdowns. 

However, during the 1990 season, he was a part of a New York Giants team that went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl. Ingram Sr. played well during their Super Bowl run too. He had five catches for 82 yards in the NFC Championship Game. He then had five catches for 74 yards in Super Bowl XXV. 

After six seasons with the Giants, Ingram Sr. played two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He had 44 catches for 707 yards and six touchdowns for the Dolphins in 1993. He then played for the Green Bay Packers in 1995 and then in five games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996. 

Ingram Sr. caught 265 passes in his career for 3,926 yards and 26 touchdowns. 

Multiple prison sentences

In 2008, Mark Ingram Sr. was convicted of bank fraud and laundering drug money, according to The Detroit News. He was ultimately sentenced to 92 months in prison. However, he failed to surrender for imprisonment in December 2008 after asking the court to allow him to watch Ingram Jr.’s final game of the 2008 season with Alabama. The court denied his request so Ingram Sr. failed to report. However, he was arrested on Jan. 3, 2009 in a hotel room hours before Alabama played in the Sugar Bowl, according to ESPN. U.S. District Judge Thomas Platt ultimately added 27 months to his sentence.

Ingram ultimately served six years, ESPN reported. However, he was ordered to serve five years of supervised release, according to The Detroit News.

“He hasn’t missed it; he just wasn’t there physically,” Ingram Jr. said after Ingram Sr.’s release, according to ESPN. “He’s seen everything that I’ve done, everything from college all the way to the Heisman, getting drafted to getting a new contract. He’s seen it all. [But] it’s definitely exciting to have him back and being able to be a part of my life again, part of our lives again.”

Mark Ingram Jr.

Ingram Sr. ultimately repeatedly violated his supervised release, though. Then in February 2019, a judge determined that Ingram Sr. possessed a firearm and marijuana. That’s in addition to failing to pay restitution and being involved in a marijuana grow operation, according to The Detroit News. Ingram Sr. was sentenced to 21 months in prison and reported in September 2019.

Ingram Sr. seeks a release 

According to an article from The Detroit News published on Tuesday, Ingram Sr.’s lawyer said that the former receiver now suffers from dementia. He also said that Ingram Sr. should also be released from his current prison sentence due to the coronavirus outbreak. The request comes as a result of Attorney General Bill Barr ordering prisons to determine which inmates are at-risk and should be released on home confinement.

Prosecutors are fighting Ingram Sr.’s release, though. They said that his “alleged dementia” does not make him more susceptible to getting COVID-19, according to The Detroit News. His lawyer, reportedly, wrote in a court filing, though, that he has asthma and hypertension which does leave him susceptible. 

“(Ingram) is at risk for possibly fatal outcomes that could be better treated if he is granted home confinement,” his lawyer David Jones wrote in a request to U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg according to The Detroit News.

David Jones, lawyer

Ingram Sr. has not yet been released. It is certainly possible, though, with prisons now looking at who can be put in home confinement. His circumstance is just another issue on the long list of things be affected by COVID-19.