Ingram’s presence on the field helped boost the Chargers into the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Bolts went 4-0 down the stretch with Ingram back on the field and they won their first playoff game since the 2008 season. In that playoff victory, a wild card win in Cincinnati, Ingram was outstanding as he collected his first-career interception and led the team with four quarterback pressures.
Ingram’s marriage to the Chargers was a match that drew much excitement when he was still on the board when the Bolts held the 18th choice in the first round in 2012. Ingram had been a jack-of-all-trades at the South Carolina. As a rookie, he played in all 16 games, racking up 18 quarterback pressures, tied for second on the squad, while recording 12 special teams tackles, which tied for the team lead.
As a collegian, Ingram posted the fourth-most sacks in school history and the fifth-most tackles for loss on his way to being named just the third consensus first-team All-America in school history, and the first since 1984. He was a team captain as a senior and a key cog on a Gamecocks squad that ranked third in the nation in total defense and 11th in scoring defense. He was also part of a resurgence at South Carolina that peaked when the Gamecocks won a school-record 11 games in his final season, including a 30-13 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day.
So gifted is Ingram that he once walked out of a high school math class so he could go to the school’s gym to break the hang-clean record in his school clothes. After a brief warmup, he did so with a lift of 380 pounds, five more than the previous school record. And prior to the 2006 Shrine Bowl All-Star Game featuring the top high school seniors from North and South Carolina, Ingram threw the fastest pass during a pregame carnival, posting the fastest throws with both his left and right hands. In addition to his athletic feats, Ingram has no problem doing a standing back-flip, he can spin a football in his hand, he can dunk one over a crossbar, he can dunk a basketball with ease and he can throw a football more than 70 yards without taking a step.