MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley has proclaimed Wednesday as "Mark Ingram Day" in the State of Alabama.
Mark Ingram, sophomore running back for the University of Alabama, this season became the school's first football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Each year since 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded to the nation's most outstanding college football player based on votes from sports writers and past Heisman winners.
"I want to commend Mark Ingram on an outstanding 2009 football season," Governor Riley said. "Mark is a special player and an exceptional individual. He has made Alabama proud, not only through his achievements on the field, but by the character he showed the rest of the nation upon accepting the trophy last month. He is certainly very deserving of the Heisman Trophy.
During the 2009 football season, Ingram ran 249 times for 1542 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 13 games for the nation's 12th best rushing offense. He broke the Alabama single-season rushing record previously held by Bobby Humphrey in 1987.
Ingram is the third Heisman Trophy winner from an Alabama college. Auburn University quarterback Pat Sullivan won the trophy in 1971 and Auburn running back Bo Jackson won in 1985.
Governor Riley and fans across the state and nation will be cheering for Mark Ingram and the rest of the Crimson Tide football team on Thursday, January 7 during the BCS National Championship Game.
The text of Governor Riley's "Mark Ingram Day" appears below.
By the Governor of Alabama
WHEREAS, it is with great pride that the State of Alabama recognizes Alabama running back Mark Ingram for his successful 2009 football season; and
WHEREAS, a Michigan native, Mark Ingram was rated the sixth-best player in Michigan high school football in 2007. He ran for 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns his senior season at Flint Southwestern Academy; and
WHEREAS, during his freshman year at the University of Alabama, Mark Ingram set the Alabama freshman school record with a team-high 12 touchdowns; and
WHEREAS, during the 2009 Alabama football season, Mark Ingram averaged 118.6 yards rushing per game and 6.2 yards per carry while catching 30 passes out of the backfield for 322 yards and three touchdowns. He compiled 1,864 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns. He shattered the Alabama single-season rushing record previously held by Bobby Humphrey in 1987; and
WHEREAS, Mark's leadership help lead the Crimson Tide to a 32-13 win over the Florida Gators to capture the 2009 SEC Championship; and
WHEREAS, On December 12, 2009, Mark Ingram became the first Alabama football player to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy; and
WHEREAS, Mark Ingram is the 40th running back to ever win the Heisman Trophy, but just the eighth since 1985; and
WHEREAS, Alabama fans across the state and nation will be cheering for Mark Ingram and the rest of the Crimson Tide football team on Thursday, January 7 during the BCS National Championship Game in California:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bob Riley, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, January 6, 2010, as Mark Ingram Day in the State of Alabama.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 5th day of January 2010.