Carmen Messina
LB #52
New Mexico
Addison, IL

No Data

No Seasons Found

No Data

No Seasons Found

No Data



  • 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 and

  • 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.


  • 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

  • Lions-Bears connections

    By Jesse Clark - Posted 12 minutes ago

    The NFC North matchup features many interesting connections between former teammates on the professional and collegiate level.


    By Mike O'Hara - Posted 32 minutes ago

    The Bears have won two straight, and they could present matchup problems for the Lions with their pass rush and skilled players on offense.

  • PRACTICE REPORT: Riley Reiff sits out

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted 15 hours ago

    Detroit Lions starting left tackle Riley Reiff didn’t practice Tuesday and his status for Thursday’s game against Chicago is still in doubt.

  • NOTEBOOK: Larry Warford starts running again

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted 15 hours ago

    Tim Twentyman covers all the news from Tuesday's practice including Larry Warford's status, Willie Young's transition from Detroit to Chicago and more.

  • Lions' offense still looking for 'comfort zone'

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted 17 hours ago

    There's nothing about the way his offense is playing right now that gives head coach Jim Caldwell comfort.

Recent Videos


  • Former Broncos teammates

    Lions CB Cassius Vaughn played on the same defense as Bears LB D.J. Williams on the Denver Broncos from 2010-2011.
  • Former South Carolina teammates

    Lions DE Devin Taylor and Bears WR Alshon Jeffery played together at South Carolina from 2009-11.
  • Former Vikings teammates

    Lions DE George Johnson teamed up with Bears DE Jared Allen on the Minnesota Vikings in 2012.
  • Former Dolphins teammates

    Lions RB Reggie Bush and Bears WR Brandon Marshall were teammates in Miami during the 2011 season.
  • Former Lion

    Bears DE Willie Young was a member of the Lions from 2010-2013. He was a seventh-round pick by Detroit in the 2010 NFL Draft.