Meet the parents: Dating Singletary's daughter

October, 2, 2009
10/02/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando


Meeting a new girlfriend's parents -- particularly the father -- has been known to rattle a young man's nerves.

One of the more painful illustrations played out for Ben Stiller in "There's Something About Mary," and again in "Meet the Parents."

Imagine if legendary former linebacker Mike Singletary answered the door. The Rams' Oshiomogho Atogwe need not imagine. He's dating Singletary's daughter and facing Singletary's 49ers at Candlestick Park in Week 4.

Reporters covering the 49ers backed into the subject by asking Singletary how he, uh, knew Atogwe.

"I know him because he dates my daughter," Singletary said. "Go ahead. It's not uncomfortable. Go ahead."

What kind of person is Atogwe?

"He’s a very nice guy," Singletary said.

Quite respectful, no doubt.

"He’s a gentleman," Singletary said. "He’s been to my home, several times. We’ve had conversations, not about football, but about life. He's a quality individual. That’s what I know about him."

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