Saints running back Mark Ingram makes bold proclamation

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram

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Mark Ingram may have trouble emerging as the best back in the Saints running game. But don’t think that’s going to stop him … from being the best running back ever.

Ingram — who is penciled in as the starter in a crowded Saints backfield with Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas and Travaris Cadet — doesn’t just want to be the Saints’ top back. Or the top back playing in the league. 

“The sky’s the limit, man. I want to be the best back to ever play the freakin’ game of football,” Ingram said.

The 24-year-old 2009 Heisman Trophy winner’s career-high in rushing came in 2012 when he ran for 602 yards. He showed some encouraging signs last season when he ran for 145 yards and a touchdown against Dallas. But best running back ever potential?

Color us intrigued. We’ll certainly be watching Saints games with a little more interest.

(h/t ESPN)