Lobo fans raise money for NMSU veteran who lost contest

Posted at: 10/04/2013 2:21 PM | Updated at: 10/04/2013 3:04 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com


Matthew Zajac missed out on an NMSU football cash prize because he was taking care of his grandmother.

Courtesy: The Las Cruces Sun-News

The University of New Mexico football team may be taking on rival New Mexico State this Saturday, but Lobo fans put their grudge on hold for a good cause.

Last Saturday, NMSU held a contest to get Aggie fans to stay and watch the football game. They called Matthew Zajac's name to win $2,000, but he wasn't there.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Zajac was at home at the time caring for his grandmother. He has been her primary caregiver since the death of his father.

Zajac is also an Iraq war veteran and double amputee.

"It'd be nice to win the money, but my priorities were elsewhere," Zajac told the paper. "It doesn't get to me."

The story caught the attention of a group of UNM fans called "The Lobo Lair." The group raised more than $2,000 in just one day and plan to give it all to Zajac.

"Sometimes it's not about rivalries. It's about celebrating what people have gone through and fought for," The Lobo Lair tweeted.

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