Brian Urlacher Retires

Brian Urlacher's success as an All Pro linebacker who has made it to the Super Bowl provides a charge of pride and enthusiasm for the residents of his struggling hometown of Lovington. Nike paid for this mural, depicting Urlacher in his high school uniform, which covers the side of a vacated building on South Main Street in Lovington. (Steven St. John/The Albuquerque Tribune)

Brian Urlacher is retiring. I photographed the UNM Lobo and Chicago Bear great a few times, and I also made the picture above in his home town of Lovington in the days leading up to the Superbowl. The mural was created by Nike for a commercial, and before that big game the mural was photographed by a number of local and national publications, but I liked my picture the best. I was the only photographer willing to wait around for the golden hour. I recently drove through town, and I was dishearten to see that the mural had been covers over with plain white paint. Everything is temporary.

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