Urlacher Impreseed With Davie

March 3, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new inductee into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame, former University of New Mexico All-America and current Chicago Bears football player Brian Urlacher graciously took time from Sunday night's ceremony to talk about the current edition of the Lobos and coach Bob Davie.

"They're headed in the right direction, obviously," Urlacher said before the festivities at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. "I talked to coach Davie a couple of times before and during last season. "A 4-9 record is a pretty good turnaround. They were competitive in every game. That's a pretty good start."

The Lobos finished No. 1 in the nation in 2012 in improved scoring margin from 2011.

Urlacher last attended a Lobo game in 2006 -- a Thursday night win over Utah, in which the Lobos rallied from a 24-3 first-half deficit to win 34-31. He has understandably been busy with his own football season while the Lobos are in session.

But he still keeps an eye on his alma mater.

"There were a couple of years in the past where it wasn't fun to watch," Urlacher said. "But as long as we compete and win some games, I'll be happy. I'm very encouraged. I know they're still a little low on scholarship numbers, but (coach Davie) found a way to win some games this year, so I'm sure he'll keep building on that."

Urlacher and former Lobo basketball star Kenny Thomas joined longtime Albuquerque high school and youth coaches Carol and Reed Barnitz as the latest members of the New Mexico Hall of Fame.

Urlacher earned All-America honors and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes annually to the nation's best defensive back, for UNM in 1999. He led the nation in tackles in 1998 with 178.