Sam Scarber is an accomplished character actor with nearly 100 movie and television credits, including the arm-wrestling film, “Over the Top,” with Sylvester Stallone.
The former New Mexico hard-nosed fullback played nine years professionally in the NFL, CFL and World Football League.
Scarber can now add another accolade to his list of accomplishments. He is one of five to be named to the 2018 UNM Hall of Honor, which will also include the 2017 national champion UNM women’s cross country team.
Pete Gibson (basketball, 1968-71), Willie Long (basketball, 1969-71), Jeff Rowland (men’s soccer, 2002-05) and DonTrell Moore (football, 2001-05) are also in the Hall of Honor class.
The honorees will be inducted officially at a dinner on Oct. 18 at the Marriott Pyramid North. The group will also be recognized during UNM’s football home game against Fresno State on Oct. 20.
In addition, UNM will honor its 2017-18 Coach of the Year Joe Franklin (men’s and women’s cross country/track and field), Male Athlete of the Year Josh Kerr (cross country/track and field) and Female Athletes of the Year Cherise Beynon (basketball) and Ednah Kurgat (cross country/track and field).
Gibson, a New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2000), is known for his 30-footer buzzer-beater to defeat New Mexico State, 68-66, on Feb. 1, 1969.
Long is on the Lobos’ all-time basketball team and was the first Lobo to average more than 22 points per season.
Rowland is the school’s career leader in NCAA men’s soccer tournament career points, goals, assists and games.
Moore, now a radio color commentator for UNM football, had 26 career 100-yard rushing games, a UNM record, and is the Lobos’ career rushing leader with 4,973 yards.
Scarber, who played for the Lobos 1968-71, set UNM’s individual season rushing record in 1970.
Tickets for the awards dinner are $60 each and can be purchased with the UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Association at 505-925-5905.