TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama tailback Mark Ingram returned to practice Monday after going home for his grandfather's funeral over the weekend.
Ingram, who called Arthur Johnson "like my second father," left practice early Friday for the funeral. Johnson, a former Michigan State player, died of a heart attack the previous Saturday at age 75.
Ingram says his grandfather "was a special person to me and my family."
Ingram recalled Johnson taking him to football, basketball and soccer games and meetings when Mark Ingram Sr. was playing for the Miami Dolphins. He had a short visit with Johnson the day before he died and said he'd come see him the next day.
Asked for his favorite memory of Johnson, Ingram recalled how excited he was after the Heisman Trophy presentation.