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Getting to know Mike Singletary

Lowell Cohn's interview with 49ers coach Mike Singletary looks like a must-read for those seeking insight on Singletary.

Part one is available here.

Singletary has worked purposely to transform himself from a sickly kid who sucked his thumb until age 12 into the dynamic leader he has become.

A highlight from the interview:

"I had a cousin named Reginald. Reginald would just bully me around all the time and if he thought something was funny he thought I should laugh, too. Of course, I did. Anything Reggie said was going to go. And one day for some reason I just got tired of it and just turned around and latched onto him before I knew it. I was maybe nine or 10, just started putting him in one of those headlocks and squeezing as hard as I could and kind of scared to let him go for what he might do (Singletary laughs heartily at the memory). But I wasn't going to let go. And he started crying, begged me to let go, and when I did let go he looked at me like I was crazy and just took off. From that point on I felt, 'I can do this. I can take care of myself.' That was a good turning point.

I'll track the remaining three parts of the interview as they become available.