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Carmen Messina
LB #52
Height:
6-2
Weight:
236
Age:
26
College:
New Mexico
Hometown:
Addison, IL
Experience:
1

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:

  • Signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 10, 2012.

PRO:Began his NFL career on the Detroit Lions practice squad in 2012.

COLLEGE:A two-time first team All-Mountain West selection, Messina finished his career with the Lobos as the Mountain West all-time leader in tackles with 454, as well as third on the school’s career tackles list.

  • His record ranks above two New Mexico alumni who had long NFL careers, including Brian Urlacher (442 tackles) and Robin Cole (406 tackles).

2011:First team All- Mountain West after leading the conference in tackles with 142 for the third-consecutive season, also finishing tied for sixth nationally.

  • Posted nine double-digit tackle games as a junior, including a career-high performance of 21 tackles in the season finale against No. 8 ranked Boise State.

2010:Second team All-Mountain West.

  • Led the team and conference in tackles (115) for the second-consecutive season, becoming the first Lobo since Brian Urlacher (1998-99) to have back-to-back 100-tackle seasons.

2009:Named first team All-Mountain West in addition to Honorable Mention All-America recognition by both CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com.

  • Teammates voted him Defensive Player of the Year and co-Defensive Captain of the year as a sophomore, becoming the youngest Lobo to win Defensive MVP since 1994.

2008:Made his lone start in week six at Wyoming as a redshirt freshman and had 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season.

PERSONAL:

  • An all-state linebacker and running back at Addison Trail High School under head coach Paul Parpet, Messina finished as the Blazers’ career rushing leader with more than 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.
  • Son of Louis and Donna Messina.
  • Cousin Richard Coardy played at Texas A&M and was a member of the St. Louis Rams 2000 Super Bowl Championship team.

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • #AskALion: Haloti Ngata

    Posted 15 hours ago

    You submitted questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskALion, Tori Petry asked them. In this episode, DT Haloti Ngata talks about his favorite things about Detroit and how he's fitting in with the team.

  • Austin on the defense performing well

    Posted 16 hours ago

    Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin discusses his defense being a head of where they were last year and a number of his players improving in the offseason.

  • Ebron on making changes in his second year

    Posted 16 hours ago

    Tight end Eric Ebron talks about how he has changed from his rookie year and the process of learning the offense in year two.

  • Tate and Tulloch on upcoming softball event

    Posted 16 hours ago

    Wide receiver Golden Tate and linebacker Stephen Tulloch talk about the details of their charity softball game taking place June 5.

  • Caldwell on the start of OTAs

    Posted 18 hours ago

    Head coach Jim Caldwell gives his assessment of the team after two days of OTAs.

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