If you’re going to be the featured running back in an offense led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, you better be something special. Alvin Kamara, having completed just two seasons in the NFL, has captivated Who Dat Nation and made the Superdome come alive. Expectations are running high down in the Bayou and that is largely due to the impressive Saints offense.
At Norcross High School in Georgia, people knew Kamara was destined for great things. He was the Class 6A player of the year and was named Georgia Mr. Football by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Considered one of the top running backs in the country, the scholarship offers came pouring in and Kamara chose to go to one of the premier programs in the country, the University of Alabama.
Alabama was hard for Kamara. A knee injury derailed his progress and he eventually transferred to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas where he excelled and once again, saw SEC schools come calling. He accepted an offer from the University of Tennessee where, his senior year, he led the team in all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns.
Kamara blossomed however when he arrived in the Crescent City and began his career as a New Orleans Saint. Paired with Mark Ingram in the backfield, Kamara became a favorite target of Brees and the records flowed. Named second team All-Pro as well as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Kamara earned his first Pro Bowl nod and the love of Saints fans everywhere. With 728 rushing yards and 826 receiving yards, Kamara was the first Saint to have a 700/700 season, only the third NFL rookie to accomplish it, and only the 11th player to achieve a 700/800 season in NFL history.
Although the 2018 season ended in a controversial defeat to the Rams, Kamara still earned a Pro Bowl nod. By Week 4, he had become the first NFL player to have 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in their first 20 games.
You can catch Alvin Kamara in the NFL’s 100 year anniversary Super Bowl ad, joined by teammate Drew Brees. Alvin is very active in the community and has made numerous appearances at schools in Louisiana and Georgia providing motivation and encouragement to the students.