The mark now belongs to Mark and his predecessor couldn’t be any prouder.
With his 1-yard score in the first quarter of the 31-28 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mark Ingram tallied his 50th rushing touchdown to move past Deuce McAllister for the New Orleans Saints record.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 23, 2018
McAllister, who was in the radio booth during the special moment, is a constant motivating force for Ingram behind the scenes.
“I’ve always said, ‘Look, you’re close? Go get it,'” McAllister said to NOLA.com. “Even before the season started. If he didn’t have the suspension, he’d have already broken it by now. I’m pulling for him. I want him to go out and play well.”
Ingram showered the Saints legend with praise for all that he’s done for the franchise.
“He’s the epitome of what it is to be a running back for the Saints,” Ingram said to NOLA.com. “The great career he had, the person he is, how he represents the organization, how he represents himself. He’s always been supportive, encouraging. … Willing to help me.”
With two scores on Sunday, Alvin Kamara tied Dalton Hilliard for the most overall touchdowns by a Saints player in a season (18), leading Ingram to joke about the mortality of his own record.
#SAINTS MOOD ⚜️
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) December 24, 2018
“That’s a lot of touchdowns,” Ingram said to NOLA.com. “I don’t know how mine is going to stand up too much longer with him putting up 20 touchdowns a season.”
Ingram is grateful everyone along that way that helped make this possible.
“It’s something I don’t take for granted,” Ingram said to NOLA.com. “It took a lot of hard work, a lot of dedication, a lot of teammates and coaches, my family supporting me. There were a lot of people, a lot of hands involved in it I’m grateful for him being supportive of me all this time, to be accepting of me all this time, always encouraging me and being positive with me, even when times weren’t always good.”