Ex-Crimson Tide Football Standout Visits Post

By Megan Cotton, USAG RedstoneJuly 28, 2011

Mark Ingram Signs A Young Fan's T-shirt
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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The children at Youth Services had a prominent visitor Thursday from the world of sports.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram, signed autographs and spoke with them about achieving their goals.

“Set your goals high and don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do,” said Ingram, who completed his college career at Alabama and will play for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL.

After the autograph signing, Ingram sat down for separate interviews with Jaden Smith and Zachary Wood, both 11. The boys each hit Ingram with hard-hitting questions from how he was staying motivated during the NFL lockout to the importance of making good grades while playing a sport.

“Education is really important and essential to having a good life,” Ingram said.

As for the rest of his visit to the Arsenal, Ingram spent time at the Exchange signing autographs and then toured the Software Engineering Directorate. He said he was excited to visit a military base.

“To be around the Soldiers, the people who fight for us every day, is a tremendous blessing,” Ingram said.