Mark Ingram trades his jersey for a new number with the Saints

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram just wanted a number that suited him, and in 2022 he will be No. 5 on the list.

The number change came as part of a trade with Saints quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton wanted to get the No. 14 he wore his entire NFL career.

The number change should make Ingram very happy.

When the former Heisman Trophy winner was traded to the Saints last season, the numbers available on the roster were limited. He was stuck with No. 14 and not too thrilled about it.

Ingram, a former Saints 2011 first-round pick (No. 28 overall), had worn No. 28 and No. 22, his number while playing in Alabama, but neither was available.

“A lot of running backs are in their 30s, but 30s is too big a number for me,” Ingram said at the time of the exchange. “It’s just too wide. I am short, stocky. Gotta have a number that suits me a bit… Number options were limited so I took 14 because it seemed the best of the worst.

Ingram is entering his 12th season in the NFL, ninth with the Saints. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texas. Ingram has racked up 7,878 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career.

He was an All-American and Heisman winner in 2009, rushing for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. Ingram’s efforts help lead Alabama to its first BCS championship under Nick Saban.

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