Although New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram hasn’t exactly dazzled fans or bowled too many defenders over this season, he apparently did so with his teammates and they let him know in a major way.
Ingram was voted by his fellow Saints to be their recipient for the Ed Block Courage Award. He will join 31 other winners of the award from the other NFL teams next year for a ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland.
Head Athletic Trainer for the Saints Scottie Patton had this to say about the award for Ingram,
The Ed Block Courage Award is one of the most prestigious awards an NFL player receives because it is voted on by his peers. The award is a testament to overcoming adversity, whether it is through setbacks on the field or through challenges they have overcome in their lives. Mark has exhibited tremendous determination and professionalism in overcoming various injuries that curtailed his rookie season.
Patton is of course referring to the Lisfranc fracture that Ingram received in his foot which caused him to miss the final four games of the 2011-2012 season as well as the playoff run by the Saints.
With Ingram injured the Saints were extremely limited in the 2012 Division Playoff game when running back Pierre Thomas received a concussion and their rushing game suffered because of it.
Up until his injury in 2011 Ingram was having a very good rookie campaign with 122 carries for 474 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 11 receptions for 46 yards.
Ingram’s sophomore campaign has seen a slow start registering 96 carries for 352 yards and only three touchdowns with five receptions for 22 yards. While it has been slow Ingram averaged 3.9 rushing yards last year at this time while currently averaging 3.6 rushing yards for the season.