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Singletary is top choice for Pro Football Hall of Fame
After 10 straight pro bowls, 172 pro starts, 1,488 tackles, 19 sacks and seven interceptions, being named the 1990 NFL Man of the Year, and selected to the NFL Team of the 80s, Mike Singletary was a sure thing for the Hall of Fame. After being selected by the Chicago Bears in the 1981 NFL draft, Singletary broke into the starting lineup by the seventh game of his rookie season, and just three games later against the Kansas City Chiefs put on a remarkable defensive performance with 10 tackles and forcing a fumble. That year he garnered a nearly unanimous all-rookie selection. But those close to this intense player could have predicted it. Mike was the only college junior to be selected to the All-SWC Team of the 1970s, and earned All-America honors in both his junior and senior years at Baylor. While in college, he averaged 15 tackles per game and established a team record with 232 tackles in 1978.
Always giving his best shot
Singletary established a stellar pro career as the Chicago Bears' first or second leading tackler in each of his last 11 seasons. Of his 1,488 pro career tackles, 885 were solo efforts. He was always a constant force on defense, missing only two games in his career. In 1990, in a game against the Denver Broncos, Mike had a personal-best performance when he recorded 20 tackles, 10 of which were solo efforts. He was the cornerstone of the Bear's innovative 46-defense. In 1985, he led a Bears' defense that allowed fewer than 11 points per game, as the team posted an impressive 15-1 record. His 13 tackles and a sack in the playoffs lead to the Bears' 46-10 defeat of the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
Daddy's home at last
Since retirement after the 1992 season, Mike has been a corporate consultant and motivational speaker, and has authored three books, Singletary on Singletary, Calling the Shots, and his latest, Daddy's Home at Last. After a dazzling pro career, Singletary has begun looking homeward, making his family a number-one priority. But, it wasn't always this way.
"I became a Christian at age 13 for basically all the wrong reasons-out of fear of going to hell and of wanting to make my mother happy. It was in 1985, the first year of my marriage to Kim, that I discovered I couldn't be the great husband, man of his word, and man of God that I wanted to be unless I chose to serve God wholeheartedly. I suddenly realized I couldn't do it on my own.
...it's definitely the book of my life. In 1985, I had to step up and make a choice and I did, through faith. I had to come to a point of brokenness in knowing that what I was doing wasn't working. I had to stop walking the line and instead trusted God, and since that time my life has been totally changed.
I realized I was going to have to deal with some hurt for awhile, but the most important thing was I learned to live life the way God meant it to be lived. And the Bible is so important because it is the Book of Life, the Ultimate Wisdom. It has all the answers in there that anybody could ever possibly want to know."