Michael "Mike" Singletary (born October 9, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is currently the linebackers coach and Assistant head coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. After playing college football for 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. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Singletary alter pursued a career as a coach, and worked as a linebackers coach for the Baltimore Ravens. He then became the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers. Singletary later became the team's interim-head coach in 2008, and coached the 49ers until he was fired in 2010.
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.