Arian Foster, NFL

by Mike Magers

Arian Foster grew up in Albuquerque and attended Valley High School until he moved with his father to California and graduated from San Diego’s Mission Bay High School.  He was the son of Carl Foster who was a wide receiver at University of New Mexico and Bernadette Sizemore who worked for the university.  Foster was a standout at San Diego Mission Bay, rushing for just under 1,600 yards his senior year.

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Terance Mathis, NFL

by Mike Magers

Born in Detroit, Michigan, former NFL player Terance Mathis grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia and  graduated from Redan High School in DeKalb County, where he played defensive back, halfback and finally quarterback for the Raiders.  His highlights included connecting on a Hail Mary pass with time running out to defeat district rival Peachtree High in 1983.  It was a quarterback’s dream play.  Mathis just threw a long bomb and his receiver leapt over three defenders to make the catch and fall just over the goal line.

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School names: Silver

by Mike Magers

Silver City is located in the center Grant County in the southwest part of the state.  It was founded in 1870 after the Civil War, but has been inhabited since long before that, including long periods by the Apache tribe and later by Spanish settlers.  Early Spanish and Anglo inhabitants were drawn by the prospect of mineral deposits and this was the main attraction for the area.  The prospect of wealth from mining also attracted criminal elements to the area, including William Bonney, more popularly known as Billy the Kid, among his other aliases.

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Colt McCoy, NFL

by Mike Magers

Colt McCoy’s connection to New Mexico is that he was born at Lea General Hospital in Hobbs.  At the time, his father Brad was an assistant coach in Lovington during one of the most successful stretches of good teams in Lovington history.  Being the child of a high school football coach often means that the family moves frequently and Colt’s family was no exception.  Not long after Colt was born, the McCoys moved on to another town and coaching position for Brad McCoy.

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