With every training camp comes a feeling of rejuvenation among the players.
In the case of Melvin Ingram, preparing for a new season has the added benefit of being in a new town, an experience that the new Steelers Edge Rusher already sounds ecstatic about.
“I feel 18,” Ingram said on ESPN. “I’m a kid. I still have a lot inside me. I love football and my body feels great.
“Had an injury last year, but that’s part of the game. It’s a physical sport. Right now I’m 100, 200 percent healthy. I feel great.”
At 32, Ingram arrives in Pittsburgh to recover from an injury-ridden season and regain the form that made him one of the NFL’s top edge rushers during his nine seasons with the Chargers.
Recurring knee injuries weighed on Ingram’s 2020 campaign, which ended up being his last in LA.
He has a history of resilience and has recovered from a cruciate ligament tear that he sustained prior to his sophomore season before it finally erupted in year 5. Joining a team known for their unmatched toughness could be ideal for Ingram at this stage in his career.
“I just felt like the program, the coaches, the team, everyone,” he said, “it was a place where I could feel at home, a place where I could come in and fit in. Here was Everything is great, except for the coaches, the players, the city, how they do everything. They welcomed me with open arms. “
At the start of his 10th NFL season, Ingram has covered many miles with various speed bumps trying their best to try to slow him down along the way. But despite ongoing health concerns, the one-year contract Ingram signed a week before camp started might look like a steal if he perseveres.
His glowing criticism of the Steel City suggests he is dying to get started. If his performance matches his enthusiasm, Steeler Nation will shortly accept him as one of theirs.
Regarding the organization he leaves behind, Ingram said he was grateful for his time on the West Coast, but made it clear that he was only focusing on his new opportunity, not the franchise he was going to end his career with wanted to.
“That has no motivation for me,” he said. “It’s a business. I understand business. I’m not a person who makes it salty. You changed my life. Nine years ago you changed my life. Ten years ago you changed my life. That’s no motivation for.” me. Me, waking up every day and doing my job is the motivation. I have two children and a family. My family, my girl, my children, that motivates me. “