Notah Begay III welcomes Brian Urlacher & Darius Rucker to NM Grande Slam

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Notah Begay III held his annual New Mexico Grande Slam golf event with a little help from his famous friends Monday. Brian Urlacher, who is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, and musician Darius Rucker joined the four-time PGA Tour winner, Begay III to help raise funds.

The NB3 Foundation uses proceeds from the event to help advocate for the well being of New Mexico children.

“It appears that we are going to raise over $250,000, somewhere in that area, for our causes,” said Begay III. “That’s going to be money well spent. We are going to invest in these organizations that serve our kids.”

The event held at the Santa Ana Golf Club has been attended by the former Chicago Bears and Lobo great, Urlacher, in the past. 

“It’s just getting better and better every year,” said Urlacher. “They raise a lot of money for children, got a great foundation. He works with some really good people here in the community. He’s really concerned about putting back in the community which I think is a huge deal.”

Darius Rucker has been to Albuquerque to do shows, but Monday was his first ever New Mexico Grande Slam. 

“Knowing what he loves to do for kids and how hard he works for kids, I wanted to be a part of it,” said Rucker. “So, uh…when it freed up my schedule I was really excited I could be here.”

Urlacher also found time in a busy schedule that will stay full at least until August.

That is the month that he will go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Getting ready for the event has been a lot of work, especially writing a speech. 

“It was hard writing, trying to figure out, because you don’t want to leave anybody out,” said Urlacher. “So, I am trying to think of people that helped me through my football career or even through hard times in my life. I’m not an emotional person. It was hard for me to write that stuff down on paper.” 

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