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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

  • Van Noy on getting healthy

    Posted 14 hours ago

    Linebacker Kyle Van Noy talks about getting healthy and returning to practice.

  • TORI AND TIM: Analyzing Monday trade & roster cuts

    Posted 16 hours ago

    Tori Petry and Tim Twentyman break down how the Lions' trade for TE Tim Wright affects the roster as well as the release of WR Ryan Broyles and eight other players.

  • Lance Moore on Broyles

    Posted 16 hours ago

    Wide receiver Lance Moore talks about the release of WR Ryan Broyles and how he handles being on the roster bubble.

  • Tapp on Ngata

    Posted 16 hours ago

    Defensive End Darryl Tapp talks about DT Haloti Ngata's return to the practice field.

  • Bell on returning to practice

    Posted 16 hours ago

    Running back Joique Bell talks about returning to practice and practicing with the first team offense.

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