Ingram disappeared on Dec. 5, 2008, the day he was supposed to start a 92-month prison sentence for money laundering. He was arrested almost a month later in Auburn Hills, Mich., just as he was sitting down to watch the televised Jan. 2, 2009, Sugar Bowl game in which his son, Mark, played for Alabama against Utah.
The younger Ingram, a running back, won the 2009 Heisman Trophy as the best college football player in the nation.
"What I did was wrong," the elder Ingram told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Platt Monday in Central Islip. "With bad decisions come consequences."
Ingram, who caught five passes for the Giants in their Super Bowl win over the Buffalo Bills in 1991, was convicted in September 2008 of trying to launder $100,000 in Uniondale for people he believed were drug dealers. Instead, it turned out to be an FBI sting operation.
Ingram previously served a federal prison sentence in 2001 after being caught with $3,290 in counterfeit cash during a police sting in Miami.
An arrest warrant was issued in December 2008 after federal prosecutor Richard Donoghue said he had not appeared at the federal prison in Ashland, Ky., where he was to begin his sentence.
"We all sympathize with a father's desire to watch his son play ball," Donoghue told the court Monday. But Ingram went further by committing a crime by watching the game instead of reporting for prison, Donoghue said.
In admonishing Ingram, Platt said, "This is a very troublesome case." He said he understood it was human nature that Ingram would want to see his son, but he cited Ingram's 10 prior convictions as reason for giving him the maximum recommended sentence.
"I do this with a heavy heart," Platt said. "You and your family have contributed a great deal to sports. It's too bad it had to end this way."
Ingram has been serving his prior sentence at a private prison facility in Queens, authorities said.