After waiting for 42 players to have the first Chicago Bears player mentioned in the NFL Network’s “Top 100,” I have two in a row. Number 58 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Mike Singletary. He follows Chicago Bear Mike Ditka, who nailed down Number 59. Singletary was picked 15th by the fans, which I think is a little ridiculous, even though, admittedly, he was a great player.
Singletary was a middle linebacker after the order of past Bears’ middle linebackers Dick Butkus and Bill George.
Mike Singletary was drafted out of Baylor in 1981. He was picked up by the Bears in the second round as the 38th overall pick. He played in 179 games over 12 seasons, and was the centerpiece of the Bears’ daunting “46 Defense” of the 1985 Super Bowl Team.
Singletary was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and 1988.
He was known for his wide-open eyes behind his football mask. He was a cerebral player, which you had to be if you were going to run Buddy Ryan’s defense.
Singletary’s career statistics included 1,488 tackles, of which 885 were solo. He had 12 fumble recoveries and seven interceptions. He was selected to 10 straight Pro-Bowls.
I can remember back in the late 1990s, after Singletary retired, going to hear him speak at a breakfast here in Peoria, Illinois. The scheduled speaker at that breakfast was Walter Payton. While I have no way of proving it, I believe Payton was already dying. It was just the way Singletary acted.
In listening to him, I can remember the intensity with which he talked. He was proud of his accomplishments and proud of the Bears’ accomplishments, but you could tell that the fun for him was in the competition.
Today, Singletary is the Coach of the San Francisco 49ers. He coaches like he played — with a no-holds-barred attitude. With Singletary, it is all-or-nothing.
He does not accept players who pout, as I show you in his coaching link. By the way, that is anything but a “rant.”
Ultimately, you have to say a player was an addition to the game or a subtraction. Singletary was a major addition.
Hall of Fame Website, “Mike Singletary”
NFL Network Website, “Mike Singletary LB”
You Tube Website, “NFL Top 100 Players #57-Mike Singletary”
You Tube Website, “Mike Singletary Rant-Vernon Davis