Mike Singletary – Chicago Bears #50

Chicago Bears #50

Mike Singletary was born on October 9th 1958 in Houston, Texas.

He played college football at Baylor University in Texas, where he represented the Baylor Bears as a linebacker.

In 1979 and 1980 Singletary earned All-American honours in both his junior and senior years, averaging fifteen tackles per game and setting a team record 232 tackles in 1978 – 35 of which came in a single game against the University of Houston. He set the school record for career tackles with a total of 662

He was also part of the team that made school history by winning ten games, the only year they have accomplished that feat to date.

Mike was drafted by another Bears team in the 1981 NFL Draft when Chicago made him the 38th overall pick.

He would go on to play his whole career at Soldier Field, where he would serve with great distinction in a legendary Bears defence, where he was known as ‘The Heart of the Defense’ for the Chicago Bears. He started 172 games for Chicago, finishing as the first or second leading tackler in all but the rookie season of his career. He retired with a total of 1,488 tackles made, 885 of which were solo tackles and nineteen sacks.

During his career Mike was a member of the Bears Super Bowl winning team of 1986 (SB XX) when they defeated the New England Patriots 46-10. He was selected for the Pro Bowl ten times, twice the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, three time NFC Player of the Year, NFL 1980’s All-Decade Team and was selected in the 100 Greatest Bears of All Time.

Mike followed his playing career as a coach, initially as linebacker coach for the Baltimore Ravens before taking a dual position with the San Francisco 49’ers as both assistant head coach and linebacker coach in 2005.

He became the head coach following a temporary position as head coach after the departure of Mike Nolan, who was dismissed in October 2008. Mike did enough to convince the 49’ers to give him a four year contract at Candlestick Park, although he was fired in 2010.

Since then, he has held positions on the coaching team of the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Rams but has not been in the NFL since 2016.

Mike Singletary was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and was given the ultimate honour of a position in the Pro Football Hall of Fame where he was inducted in 1998. In 1999, he was ranked at number 56 on the Sporting News Greatest Football Players.