Comparing Mark Ingram Jr. to Mark Ingram

Steven MerriamCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2009

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Running back Mark Ingram (R) #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide poses with Head coach Nick Saban (L) and the Heisman Trophy during a press conference after being named the 75th Heisman Trophy winner at the Marriott Marquis on December 12, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Yesterday, Alabama running back Mark Ingram Jr. received the Heisman trophy in the closest voting in the trophy's history. Toby Gerhart finished second while Colt McCoy finished third.

Today, I decided to write an article comparing the Alabama running back to his father, Mark Ingram, a former New York Giants Wide Receiver.

Ingram was a member of the Michigan State Spartans in 1986, when current Alabama head coach Nick Saban was an assistant.

Ingram was selected with the 28th pick in the 1987 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.  I expect to see his son, Mark Ingram Jr. get drafted about in the top 10 to 20 picks in the draft.

In Ingram's NFL career, he also played for the Dolphins, Packers, and lastly with the Eagles. Ingram retired from football in 1996.

As a New York Giant, Ingram earned a Super Bowl ring on the Giants' 1990 Super Bowl team. His most prestigious NFL moment was in Super Bowl XXV, in which Ingram made a very important first down that then led the Giants to the end zone for a touchdown.

Ingram Jr. on the other hand was much more hyped in college rather than his father.  Last season, Ingram Jr. was a member of the Freshman All-SEC team.

Since after this season, Ingram Jr. was been awarded with such awards as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year award, was named to the All-SEC First Team, was an AFCA All-American and most recently yesterday was named the Heisman Trophy winner.

Ingram Jr. made his case for the award about two weeks ago when he had an amazing game.

I feel Ingram Jr. deserved the award and was happy to see him get it.  As you can see, it will be interesting to compare the two players' careers after Ingram Jr. retires from the NFL even though the two play different positions. I expect to see Ingram Jr. to be remembered more after he retires.