The 20 Biggest Baddest Bears of All Time; #11 Mike Singletary
No. 11 Mike Singletary
Mike Singletary (photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)
Known as “The Samurai,” Singletary played all-out at all times during his 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears and was, pound-for-pound, one of the toughest linebackers of the decade. Singletary wasn’t very big, but he played even bigger due to his fearlessness in the way he took on blockers and ball-carriers.
His knowledge of the game on defense was similar to the knowledge Peyton Manning had on offense. He brought passion, discipline and a hard-hitting style that was contagious on defense.
He was a major leader on defense for the 1985 Bears team and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year during that Super Bowl championship season. At only 6’0”, 230 lbs, Singletary hit like players much bigger than him and was unafraid to make tackles without his helmet.