Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Flint Portraits: Mark Ingram

Flint Southwestern grad Mark Ingram, now a running back at Alabama, is being mentioned as a Heisman Trophy candidate.

Ray Glier of The New York Times reports:

“Little Mark,” as he was known by his family growing up around Flint, Mich., recently called his maternal grandfather, Art Johnson, who was a running back at Michigan State in the late 1950s, and asked him how to stiff-arm the talk about the Heisman, college football’s top individual award. Ingram seems suspicious of fame’s grip, almost as if it helped bring down his father.

“He told me, ‘Grandpa, I’m just a sophomore, there are better players on this team, this shouldn’t be happening,’ ” Johnson recalled in a telephone interview. “He said he just wants to win a championship.”

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