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NEW MEXICO'S NATIONAL RANK

No. 42 pro | No. 40 college | No. 39 high school

NFL
No. 42 New Mexico
<<< No. 41 South Carolina · No. 43 Delaware>>>

There are more lone wolves than packs of players from New Mexico in the NFL. Lobos back Don Perkins gained 6,217 yards over eight seasons and is in the Cowboys' ring of honor. "Steel Curtain" defense linebacker Robin Cole and wide receiver Terance Mathis also played for New Mexico. Hard-hitting defensive back Ronnie Lott was born in Albuquerque and wide receiver Tommy McDonald in Roy.

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Cowboys fan Lisa Amaya: Judging from my stay in the southern part of New Mexico, a good chunk of fans follow the Cowboys. On the streets of Las Cruces, for example, there's a blue and silver Dodge Ram pickup adorned with glittery blue stars. Talk about dedication! Read more from Lisa

COLLEGE

No. 40 New Mexico
<<< 39 Hawaii · No. 41 Connecticut>>>

New Mexico, which is believed to be the first team to fly to an away game, was a charter member of the Western Athletic Conference. The Lobos won the first two conference titles in 1962 and 1963, and they shared the title in 1964. Among the highlights for New Mexico State are back-to-back Sun Bowl victories in 1959 and 1960. The Aggies also play a rivalry game with UTEP.

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HIGH SCHOOL
No. 39 New Mexico
<<< No. 38 Nevada · No. 40 North Dakota>>>

We don't want to be the ones to tell bruising Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who played for Lovington High School and for the Lobos, that his state isn't higher in the rankings. Spring 2006 DI signees: eight. Fall 2006 high school football teams: 113.
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