Isaiah Brown playing for #22

rer090515b/sports//09.0.2015/ Roberto E. Rosales. Lobo cornerback Isaiah Brown (Cq) right, could do very little in trying to stay with Tulsa's Keyarris Garrett (Cq) as he goes up for a catch Saturday evening at University Stadium. The Lobos lost 40 to 21. Albuquerque, New Mexico(Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Nobody was hit as hard on the UNM Football Team, as Isaiah Brown, after the death of Markel Byrd in December. Byrd tragically died in a car accident, and the news really tore apart Isaiah Brown.

“When I first found out the information about me losing my best friend, I was getting 2 hours of sleep, I lost 20 pounds, I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t doing nothing. But I had to sit down and talk with Coach Davie, and he told me I had to move on because that’s what Markel would want. So, I feel like every day I got to prove something to Markel because he is watching me every day”, said Brown, a cornerback.

Brown even says that it’s almost like Markel is with him on the field, and it pushes him to do better. This tragic event shook the entire Lobo football team, but they are honoring Markel however they can.

“I look at my wristband, the posters in the locker room, his locker is actually glassed off. It’s still there, it has glass and pictures and memorabilia of him. It’s just amazing just to come in and see him, that he is still living through us”, said Brown.

Brown says that this has fueled the entire team to perform next season, and he hopes that they bring the never give up or back down attitude that Markel had.

On Friday, the University of New Mexico awarded Markel Byrd a posthumous degree. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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