Mark Ingram is pivoting to a broadcasting career. FOX Sports announced today that the running back will be joining their staff as a pregame analyst for “Big Noon Sports.” Ingram will contribute alongside Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, Urban Meyer, and host Rob Stone every Saturday during the college football season.
The commitment likely signals the end of Ingram’s NFL career, and the announcement indicated that the running back has indeed hung up his cleats. We heard last month that Ingram was likely to retire and join FOX Sports.
“I’m thrilled to join FOX Sports and BIG NOON KICKOFF”, said Ingram (via FoxSports.com). “I can’t wait to feel the energy and excitement every Saturday, alongside some of the most talented and entertaining names in our sport, at the biggest games in college football – I’m ready for the Fall!”
Ingram became an Alabama legend after rushing for more than 3,200 yards and 42 touchdowns during his three seasons at the school. This included a 2009 campaign where he won a national championship and became the first Alabama player to win the Heisman Trophy.
The running back ended up being a first-round pick by the Saints in 2011, and he’ll finish his career as the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards (6,500) and rushing touchdowns (52). Following a recent two-year stint in Baltimore and a brief cameo in Houston, Ingram returned to the Saints and spent the past year-plus in New Orleans. He got into 10 games (three starts) this past season, finishing with 301 yards from scrimmage.
The 33-year-old said in April that he felt he could still be a valuable member of a RB committee in 2023. However, considering the number of reliable running back options still on the market, Ingram likely didn’t have many (if any) suitors looking to bring him in.
Ingram will finish his career with 10,236 yards from scrimmage and 75 touchdowns, plus another 356 yards and one score in seven playoff games.