Alabama football star Mark Ingram featured in Sports Illustrated

(photo source Sports Illustrated)
(photo source Sports Illustrated)

NEW YORK, NY (WBRC) - Alabama running back Mark Ingram is featured on this week's issue of Sports Illustrated.

SI, in a statement Tuesday to FOX6 News, said Ingram is the cover story for the issue. The story, written by Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Selena Roberts, focuses on Ingram's success while his father, former NFL wide receiver Mark Ingram, Sr., is in prison.

SI released the following quote from Roberts' article:

"Mark Jr. could have played any sport - even golf, which was his father's preference - but his love was football. 'I run with a purpose,' he says. 'I love that feeling.' The more he played as a high school star, the more his father's pro legacy hung over him. He was always referred to with one title: son of the former NFL player. 'I'm proud of my dad,' Mark Jr. says. 'But now I'm becoming known for what I do, for being myself, and I'm not living in his shadow anymore. I'm carving out my own identity.'

The story will hit news stands on Wednesday.