On January 29, it was announced by the University of New Mexico that former Lobo and current Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher would donate $500,000 to the UNM football program. In exchange for the gift, UNM would rename its indoor football practice facility Brian Urlacher Field.
Urlacher's donation will be paid annually over a time period of ten years. The money Urlacher donates will be used for facility maintenance and improvement, with some of the money also going toward UNM football's general budget.
"Brian committed to this gift quite some time ago," said UNM Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. "The details were recently confirmed and we're ecstatic that he is making such a significant contribution to the Lobo football program."
"We are deeply indebted to Brian for the tremendous gift he has made to the UNM football program," said head football coach Mike Locksley. "Having it come from a former Lobo All-American makes it all the more special."
A native of New Mexico, Urlacher led the nation in tackles in 1998, his junior year, and was a first-team All-American his senior year (at free safety.) He finished third all-time at UNM with 442 tackles.
"I am very thankful for the opportunity the University of New Mexico gave me, and this is one way for me to show my gratitude. Go Lobos," said Urlacher.
Urlacher was a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in the 2000 NFL Draft. He was the ninth selection overall, making him the highest-drafted Lobo ever.
Urlacher has completed nine seasons with the Bears, including being named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, competing in six Pro Bowls, and having over 1,000 career tackles.