Getting to know Singletary, part two

January, 1, 2010
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Those who enjoyed the first part of Lowell Cohn's interview with 49ers coach Mike Singletary will want to check out the second part here.

Part one excerpt: "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.

Part two excerpt: "I don't think anybody's a good man. That's why I believe what I believe. I know myself well enough to know that I'm only as good as the next stupid thing that I do. No, I don't think I'm a good man because of what I'm capable of doing without Christ, without God, without prayer. That's why I read my Word every day and I pray and it reminds me of what I am without Him, what I was without Him. I understand myself very well and I know I have a strong need for a savior. Not that that's a crutch, not that it makes me a wimp, not that it's something to hide behind -- 'the devil made me do it', that kind of thing. It is simply the truth as I was taught as a kid and as I came to have a relationship with God on my own."


The third and fourth parts will appear in the coming days.

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