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Pat's Pick: Classiest Athlete Of December

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12:  Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson talks to the media 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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Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IJune 14, 2016

Mark Ingram has now become a household name in the college football world. This Alabama Crimson Tide running back showed that he is a vital part of what makes their offense tick. Rushing for over 1,500 yards this year alone, Ingram became a Heisman Trophy winner. This was the first time in Alabama's history to have a Heisman Trophy. What many people remember about Mark Ingram is his modesty. As many of his team mates and coaches have said he puts the team before himself. In my opinion, his success in college football has made him into a role model for younger people.

Before his career in college football, Mark Ingram grew up living in Flint, Michigan. He grew up in a drug-infested neighborhood, with his father in jail, it did not make matters any more optimistic. His mother, concerned for her son's well-being, guided him every step of the way to receiving good grades and eventually leaving Michigan to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. His success in conquering the hardships in his life has put him on a pedestal, and made him into a prime example of how hard work can lead to prosperity.

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