Mark Ingram Thanks Ravens in Goodbye Message
But Ingram was much more than just a good player. The veteran was in many ways the heartbeat of the Ravens the past two years, and he will be greatly missed in the locker room.
His infectious joy for life and passion for the game rubbed off on his teammates. Ingram worked hard, and he had fun too. Even during a challenging season in which he saw his role reduced, Ingram kept his positive attitude and continued mentoring the Ravens' younger backs.
The love his teammates have for him is clear just looking at the numerous replies to his goodbye message in which Dobbins, Edwards, Mark Andrews, Ronnie Stanley and other Ravens called him "family" and "big bro" for life.
Voted the best personality in the NFL before the season, Ingram is loved by players around the league, as Tennessee running back (and former Alabama teammate) Derrick Henry and former New Orleans Saints teammate Alvin Kamara also chimed in with replies to Ingram's post.
Numerous running backs have continued strong careers into their 30s. Frank Gore is 37 years old and just ran for 653 yards for the New York Jets this season. He topped 1,000 yards when he was 33. Ingram has largely been in a timeshare over his career and still has a lot of football left. The Ravens will surely be rooting for him wherever he lands.