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Mike Singletary      

Head Coach for the Memphis Express; Former Professional Football Player

Michael Singletary is a former professional football player and current head coach for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). The team began playing in February 2019 at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Singletary started his coaching career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2003 as the linebacker coach and in 2004 left with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to go work with the San Francisco 49ers. He began his coaching career with the 49ers' as the assistant head coach. He became the interim head coach in 2008 and by the end of the year was offered the long-term head coaching position. In 2011, he joined the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff as the linebackers coach and assistant to the head coach. In 2018 Singletary left the NFL and was the head coach of Trinity Christian Academy in Texas until he was named the new coach of the Memphis Express.

Before his coaching career, he spent his entire playing career as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears after starring in college at Baylor University. After playing with the Baylor Bears, Singletary was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2nd round of the 1981 NFL Draft and was known as "The Heart of the Defense" for the Chicago Bears' Monsters of the Midway in the mid-1980s. His nickname was Samurai Mike. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

After playing high school football at Evan E. Worthing High School in Houston, Singletary attended college at Baylor University located in Waco, Texas. At Baylor, Singletary earned All-America honors in both junior (1979) and senior (1980) years, where he averaged 15 tackles per game and established a team record with 232 tackles in 1978, including 34 in a game against the University of Houston. During Singletary's senior season of 1980, Baylor won 10 games for the only time in school history.

Singletary was the only college junior to be selected to the All-Southwest Conference Team of the 1970s. Singletary was a two-time recipient of the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy which was awarded to the most outstanding player in the Southwest Conference. Singletary lettered four years. He had 97 tackles as a freshman, 232 (a school record) as a sophomore, then 188 and 145. The total, 662, set a school record. In 1978 he had 35 tackles in a game against Arkansas, 31 against Ohio State. He was all- Southwest Conference three years and All-America two years. In 1979 and 1980 he won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the outstanding player in the Southwest. (The award has since been changed to a national quarterback trophy.) In 1980 he helped Baylor to the Southwest Conference championship.



Mike Singletary returning to NFL coaching after two-year absence ...

LOS ANGELES — Hall of Fame linebacker Mike Singletary will work with the Rams' defense this season, returning to coaching after a two-year absence.

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