“Stay focused and just keep working hard regardless of what happens,” Ingram told NBCPhiladelphia.com.
That advice came from Ingram’s parents and coaches.
“This has been a long two years for me and for the most part I’ve tried to stay positive about the whole situation even though it was rough,” the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder said.
Despite the injuries, the 25-year-old is penciled in as the No. 2 tight end behind Brent Celek despite having not played football since his junior year at Florida.
He lost his senior season with the Gators after tearing his ACL during the summer of 2008. That injury likely cost Ingram in the NFL Draft -- the Eagles possibly got a steal when they picked the former Gators’ captain in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
But, Ingram went down to an ACL injury before the season even began.
After two seasons on the bench the imposing tight end is ready to show what he can do and he is feeling “100 percent,” according to the Gainesville Sun.
“I think that I’ve been doing pretty good,” he told NBCPhiladelphia.com.
It’s hard for Eagles fans not to root for this guy making the team. But they might not root for his NBA team. Ingram, who played on Florida’s basketball team as well, is a Lakers fan.
“Definitely a big time Kobe (Bryant) fan,” he said with a smile.
Let's hope Philly fans don't hold that against him.
Each day of Eagles training camp NBCPhiladelphia.com will focus on different Bird trying to soar at Lehigh.