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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

  • Behind the scenes: Traveling to London

    Posted 47 minutes ago

    Tori Petry reports on the detailed process of moving an entire NFL team to a different continent for a week.

  • Meet the 'Allen Park of England': Pennyhill Park

    Posted 16 hours ago

    The Lions traveled into London today after spending the week of practice outside of the city. Tori Petry gives you an inside look at the team's home away from home this week at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa.

  • Austin on Falcons personnel

    Posted 18 hours ago

    Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin talks about the Falcons personnel and the challenges they present.

  • Lombardi on tight end situation

    Posted 18 hours ago

    Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi talks about the health of the tight ends and who will have to step up and contribute.

  • Caldwell on last day at Penny Hill

    Posted 18 hours ago

    Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell talks about the team leaving Penny Hill, game captains and Lions injuries.

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