Jan. 21, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Two former University of New Mexico football standouts will play on Championship Sunday for a chance to compete in Super Bowl XLV. Former Lobo and New Mexico native Brian Urlacher will play for the Chicago Bears Sunday when they face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Lobo standout Robert Turner and the New York Jets take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. The Bears-Packers game is set for 1 p.m. on FOX, while the Jets-Steelers game kicks at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.
Urlacher, who is in his 11th season with the Bears, will start at linebacker. He enters Sunday's game with a team-high 126 tackles including 97 solo. He has four sacks this season, a forced fumble and two recoveries. Chicago has split a pair of games with Green Bay this season. This is the oldest rivalry in the NFL. The Bears have won the only previous postseason meeting in 1941 and own a 92-83-6 overall edge.
Urlacher ranks as one of the greatest Lobos of all-time. He was a first-round draft pick by Chicago in 2000. He played at UNM from 1996-99.
Turner is in his fourth NFL season and has played in every game this season. He has emerged as a special teams player and short yardage monster. He has been credited with multiple key blocks during the playoffs that have resulted in touchdowns. Turner is known for his toughness and power.
Turner has played in 41 career games with the Jets. He originally signed as a free agent with the Jets in 2007. Turner was an offensive lineman at UNM from 2002-06.