Melvin Ingram
Ingram III with the San Diego Chargers in 2015
No. 8 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1989-04-26) April 26, 1989 (age 32)
Hamlet, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Richmond Senior
(Rockingham, North Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Total tackles:360
Sacks:49.0
Forced fumbles:14
Fumble recoveries:7
Interceptions:3
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Melvin Ingram III (born April 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of South Carolina, and earned All-American honors. He was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the first round with the 18th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Early years

Ingram was born and raised in Hamlet, North Carolina. He attended Richmond Senior High School in Rockingham, North Carolina. As a senior linebacker, he recorded 87 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

College career

Ingram attended the University of South Carolina, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks football team from 2007 to 2011. He played linebacker for the Gamecocks before switching to defensive end. As a junior in 2010, he led the team with nine sacks.

In 2011, Ingram registered 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and two interceptions. He also scored three touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns came against Georgia in a 45–42 victory in Athens, including a 68-yard fake-punt for a touchdown.[1][2][3] Ingram's strong senior campaign helped propel the Gamecocks defense to a final #4 national poll ranking, and he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection, and was recognized as a consensus All-American.[4][5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 1+12 in
(1.87 m)
264 lb
(120 kg)
31+12 in
(0.80 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.79 s 1.62 s 2.63 s 4.18 s 6.83 s 34+12 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
28 reps 18
All values from NFL Combine[6]

San Diego / Los Angeles Chargers

Ingram was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 18th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft. In his rookie campaign, Ingram racked up 18 quarterback pressures, tied for second-most on the squad, along with 12 special teams tackles, which tied for the team lead. He played in all 16 games, with two starts.

On May 14, 2013, Ingram tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the Chargers' organized team activities and was expected to miss the entire 2013 season.[7] On August 26, 2013, he was placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.[8] On December 7, 2013, Ingram was activated off the PUP list prior to Week 14. In Week 16, Ingram sacked Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin while forcing a fumble. In the wild card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ingram picked off quarterback Andy Dalton for his first postseason interception. On October 4, 2015, Ingram strip-sacked Josh McCown and recovered the fumble.

On February 27, 2017, the Chargers placed the franchise tag on Ingram.[9][10] On June 11, 2017, Ingram signed a four-year, $66 million contract with $42 million guaranteed with the Chargers.[11][12] Ingram earned the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September 2017 after recording 5.5 sacks, including a three-sack game against the Chiefs in Week 3.[13] He finished the season with 56 combined tackles and 10.5 sacks. Ingram was selected to his first career Pro Bowl after the 2017 season, replacing teammate Joey Bosa. He was ranked 76th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[14]

Prior to the start of the 2018 NFL season, Ingram predicted that the Chargers would win Super Bowl LIII and he said that "We're ready. We've got to bring a Super Bowl to the city." He also said that "I was taught you've got to speak stuff into existence. If you want to do something, you've got to say you're going to do it and then you've got to go do it."[15] In the end, Ingram and the Chargers failed to make it to the Super Bowl when they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots by a score of 41-28 in the divisional round of the playoffs.[16] On June 17, 2019, Ingram predicted that the Chargers would win Super Bowl LIV and stated that “We’re the team to beat in the NFL, not just the AFC West, it’s the NFL. We feel like when we’re going against our offense that we need to beat them because they’re the best. They need to beat us because we’re the best. That’s how we’re going to get better.”[17] In the end, the 2019 Chargers not only failed to go to the Super Bowl, but missed the playoffs entirely after posting a 5-11 record.

On September 26, 2020, Ingram was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.[18] He was activated on October 24.[19] He was placed back on injured reserve on November 27, 2020, with a knee injury.[20]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On July 20, 2021, Ingram signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[21]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sack FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2012 SD 16 2 41 27 14 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 5
2013 SD 4 1 8 4 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2014 SD 9 9 29 21 8 4.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2015 SD 16 16 65 52 13 10.5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 6
2016 SD 16 16 60 46 14 8.0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 5
2017 LAC 16 16 56 43 13 10.5 1 2 3 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2018 LAC 16 16 43 28 15 7.0 1 2 4 0 1 8 8.0 8 0 3
2019 LAC 13 13 48 39 9 7.0 0 1 2 0 1 9 9.0 9 0 5
2020 LAC 7 7 10 5 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 2
Career 113 96 360 265 95 49.0 13 7 45 1 3 17 8.5 9 0 29

[22]

References

  1. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncf/feature/video/_/id/7324158/2011-all-america-team
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=312530061
  3. ^ Sport Science - Melvin Ingram
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncf/feature/video/_/id/7324158/2011-all-america-team
  6. ^ "Melvin Ingram Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Hanzus, Dan (May 14, 2013). "Melvin Ingram tears ACL at San Diego Chargers practice". NFL.com. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  8. ^ Gehlken, Michael (August 27, 2013). "Chargers place Willie, 2 others on IR". U-T San Diego. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  9. ^ Henne, Ricky (February 27, 2017). "Chargers Place Franchise Tag on Melvin Ingram". Chargers.com.
  10. ^ Wesseling, Chris (February 27, 2017). "Chargers place franchise tag on Melvin Ingram". NFL.com.
  11. ^ Henne, Ricky (June 11, 2017). "Chargers Agree to Four-Year Deal with Melvin Ingram". Chargers.com.
  12. ^ Wesseling, Chris (June 11, 2017). "Chargers, Melvin Ingram agree to 4-year, $66M deal". NFL.com.
  13. ^ Lewis, Edward (September 28, 2017). "Kareem Hunt, Todd Gurley among Players of the Month". NFL.com.
  14. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2018: No. 76 Melvin Ingram
  15. ^ Williams, Eric (June 4, 2018). "Melvin Ingram predicts Super Bowl for Chargers: 'Got to speak stuff into existence'". www.espn.com. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  16. ^ Sessler, Marc (January 13, 2019). "Patriots destroy Chargers to reach AFC title game". www.nfl.com. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  17. ^ Alper, Josh (June 17, 2019). "Melvin Ingram: Chargers are definitely winning the Super Bowl". www.profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers Announce Roster Moves". Chargers.com. September 26, 2020.
  19. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers Activate Melvin Ingram III and Justin Jones". Chargers.com. October 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "Chargers Activate Chris Harris Jr.; Place Melvin Ingram III on Injured Reserve". Chargers.com. November 27, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  21. ^ "Steelers sign Ingram, Green". Steelers.com. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  22. ^ "Melvin Ingram Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 19, 2016.