The short career span of NFL running backs has been discussed for years, and that makes it remarkable when a player can defy the ticking clock in the second decade of NFL action.
The saints are running back Mark Ingram is on this list. He is entering his 12th season after returning to his original team for the 2021 season and the 32-year-old said he has “the desire to do it and physically I have the ability to do” the work that those usually do. who are not yet 30 years old.
Ingram said he is aware of his underdog status and does not take it for granted that he continues to play a role in the NFL. He also said that he now understands that the things that upset him earlier in his career allowed him to get this far.
“Early in my career, when I had to share the ball a lot, that would upset me. . . . Looking back now, I realize that I didn’t wear out as much in the early years of my career and that’s why I feel good at my 12 years old,” Ingram said via NOLA.com’s Luke Johnson. . “I’m here and I’m just grateful. I’m trying to keep improving, keep getting better.”
For as long as Alvin Camara healthy, Ingram’s role will remain limited in New Orleans, but even a limited role is unusual for Ingram’s age, and a good performance in it could mean Ingram’s 13th year remaining.