The Chicago Bears team is among the most storied of all NFL franchises, and even casual football fans recognize such legendary names as George Halas, Walter Payton and Dick Butkus. From 1981 – 1992, the Bears also had Mike Singletary making a name for himself at linebacker.
In 11 of 12 seasons with the Bears, Singletary was either first or second on the team with tackles, and he was selected to 10 Pro-Bowls. About mid-way through his playing career, Singletary earned his Super Bowl XIX ring as a stalwart of the 1986 team. He was known for his on-the-field intensity, but Singletary was also a highly durable component of the Bear’s defense, starting 172 games during his career in Chicago—second most in franchise history. Also a two-time All-American at Baylor University, Singletary was inducted in the NFL Hall-of-Fame in 1998 with 1488 career tackles (885 solo).
Singletary’s coaching career got underway in 2003 as a linebacker's coach with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2005, he became the assistant head coach/linebacker's coach for the San Francisco 49ers where he took over as head coach in 2009 – 2010. From 2011 – 2013, Singletary was an assistant head coach/linebacker's coach for the Minnesota Vikings.
Football hasn’t been Singletary’s only career path. An ordained minister and a sought-after motivational speaker, in 1998 he authored Daddy's Home at Last: What It Takes for Dads to Put Families First. He has since written several other books, including Mike Singletary One-on-One: The Determination That Inspired Him to Give God His Very Best.