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Avengers re-sign Kevin Ingram and Lonnie Ford

August 10, 2008 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Los Angeles Avengers News Release


LOS ANGELES -- Wide receiver/defensive back Kevin Ingram and fullback/linebacker Lonnie Ford have re-signed with the Los Angeles Avengers, head coach Pat O'Hara announced today.

Ingram, the team's all-time leading receiver, agreed to a two-year deal. Ford, L.A.'s all-time leading rusher, is now under contract for the next three seasons. Both players would have been eligible for free agency had they not re-signed with the Avengers by today's Arena Football League deadline.

"Kevin Ingram has been a high-caliber AFL player and the face of the Avenger organization for several years, so we're excited to lock him up for a couple more seasons," said O'Hara, who was announced as the new head coach of the Avengers on July 25. "Lonnie Ford is another experienced veteran with great work habits. He's been a good pass protector and an effective runner in short-yardage situations during his entire career. Both of these guys are extremely versatile and that's what makes them so valuable."

Ingram (6-0, 185, West Chester [Pa.] University) leads the franchise in games played (98), receptions (536), all-purpose yards (9,523), kickoff return yards (2,871) and first downs (308). He also has made a significant contribution on defense during his seven-year Avenger career, ranking second in team history in both tackles (308.5) and interceptions (25). In 2005, Ingram was honored with the AFL's most prestigious individual award when he was selected as the "U.S. Army Ironman of the Year," which is given to the league's top two-way player.

Ford (6-2, 285, University of Southern California) has rushed for 722 yards and 53 touchdowns during his six seasons with the Avengers, placing him nearly 500 yards and 40 scores ahead of his nearest challenger on the team's all-time charts. In 2007, he became the first player in AFL history to rush for 168 yards or more in three consecutive seasons. Ford rumbled for 193 yards in 2005, 168 yards in 2006, and 192 yards in 2007. On defense, he has registered 85.5 career tackles, including 11 for losses and six quarterback sacks. Ford also has batted down 10 passes and forced four fumbles.

Season ticket packages for the 10th season of Los Angeles Avengers football, which include nine games played at STAPLES Center, are on sale now at 1-888-AVENGERS or www.laavengers.com.

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