Singletary To Be Guest Speaker Sunday at FCA's Night of Champions


Published on March 17 2023 8:06 am
Last Updated on March 17 2023 8:06 am
Written by Millie Lange

Mike Singletary, who played for the Chicago Bears for 11 years, will be the guest speaker at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Night of Champions Sunday. The event will be held at the Effingham Performance Center.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Singletary was a middle linebacker. He played college ball at Baylor University and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

He attended high school at Evan E. Worthing in Houston, Texas. He was the last  of 10 children and his father was a street preacher in Dallas.

As a freshman, Singletary was an All-State guard and linebacker. He earned a scholarship to Baylor University where he garnered All-America honors his junior and senior seasons. He lettered four years, had 97 tackles as a freshman, a school record 232 as a sophomore and finished with 188 his junior year and 145 his senior season for a total of 662, another school record. He was All-Southwest Conference three years and All-America two years.

He began his professional career with the Chicago Bears with his rookie season in 1981. He was a nearly unanimous all-rookie selection. He had 1,488 career tackles, 885 solo tackles. The Bears ended up winning Super Bowl XX by beating the New England Patriots, 46-10. Singletary broke up a pass that would have gone for a touchdown, hit running back Craig James all game and tied a Super Bowl record with two fumble recoveries.

He was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and 1988.

Singletary went on to coach at Baylor University then became the linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens. He was then hired by the San Francisco 49ers as assistant and linebackers coach. He became interim head coach in 2008. He headed to the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 and in 2016 became an advisor for the Los Angeles Rams defense. He also coached the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football before the league ceased operations.

Singletary is an ordained minister and a devout evangelical Christian. He and his wife Kim have seven children.