New Mexico’s own Brian Urlacher is now officially an NFL legend.
The Lovington High School graduate and Lobo Football alum was emotional during his NFL Hall of Fame enshrinement speech on Saturday.
Brian Urlacher fought back tears as he celebrated with family, friends, teammates and coaches.
“I was a football player that was my job but that not who I am. I am a husband, a father, a friend, a provider and a role model for a lot of children which I try to embrace as much as I can”, said Urlacher.
Urlacher selected his words carefully while thanking all who made contributions in his life.
He thanked his wife and kids and talked about sacrifices his late mother Lavoyda made to raise the family.
“Mother worked three jobs and made all my games,” Urlacher said.
Urlacher referred to his former Bears linebacker coach and Hall of Fame presented Bob Babich as an important figure in his life.
“Coach was like a father to me and made me better,” said Brian.
He also thanked his teammates throughout the years. Former Bears corner Charles “Peanut” Tillman came out to support Urlacher.
Urlacher finished his 13-year Bears career with more tackles than anyone in the franchise with over 1,300.