Thousands gather in preparation for NFL Hall of Fame inductions

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The University of New Mexico is about to make history. This week it will get its first NFL Hall of Famer with the induction of Lobo and Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher. 

The ceremony is being held in Canton, Ohio where the NFL was born. 

Urlacher is among eight NFL greats who will be enshrined there on Saturday. There’s a huge celebration leading up to it and a lot of Bears fans there to witness it. 

It started Wednesday morning with more than 3,000 kids forming a human chain passing a football from downtown Canton, to the NFL Hall of Fame. 

Some of the kids are the same age Brian Urlacher was when he started playing football. 

Today he sits on a giant banner in front of the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, about to be enshrined as one of the all-time greats, and one of the greatest Chicago Bears. 

Something NFL fans may not realize is that when Urlacher was drafted in 2000, he wasn’t a Bears fan — he was a Cowboys fan. 

“My dad loved the Cowboys so I didn’t know anything about the Bears. I knew Butkus, I knew Singletary, who I really knew was Walter Payton. In my mind, when you think of the Bears, you think of Walter Payton,” Urlacher once said. 

Urlacher has now made that list. 

Come Saturday, his likeness will sit in the Hall of Fame amongst those great Chicago Bears and the many others who have left their mark. 

It’s not just Bears fans in awe of what he accomplished. Despite the rivalry, Urlacher has even earned the respect of some Green Bay Packers fans. 

Urlacher will become the first UNM Lobo to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame. Some of his former teammates and two of his coaches from Lovington are making the long trip to Canton to witness him make history for New Mexico. 

Only one other New Mexico college has an NFL Hall of Famer. That’s the New Mexico Military Institute. Cowboy great Roger Staubach played there one year. 

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