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APD dedicates substation to UNM football and Dallas Cowboys legend Don Perkins

Jan. 12—The family of Don Perkins, one of the greatest football players in New Mexico's history, gathered with city officials Friday to dedicate an Albuquerque Police substation in his honor.

Perkins came to Albuquerque from Waterloo, Iowa, in the fall of 1956 and was among the first African Americans to play football for the University of New Mexico. He became one of the most decorated Lobos of all time as a fleet, powerful running back, then went on to an eight-year career with the Dallas Cowboys that earned him a spot in the team's Ring of Honor and six Pro Bowl invitations.

After his playing days, Perkins returned to Albuquerque, where he worked as crime prevention specialist and community liaison. He died in June 2022 at age 84.

City officials stated they'd like to eventually install a seven-foot statue of Perkins at the Southeast Triangle Substation in Nob Hill.