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Is Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary Related to Bears Legend Mike Singletary?

If the Buffalo Bills intend to win a Super Bowl, they’ll need second-year running back Devin Singletary at his best in the postseason.

A third-round pick last year, Singletary has turned into a reliable lead back. Although Singletary hasn’t lit up the scoreboard the way he did in college, he appears to have found a home with the Buffalo Bills.

Because of his last name, Singletary has always been linked to legendary Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary. Let’s look at if the two are actually related to one another.

Devin Singletary is the Buffalo Bills’ second-year running back

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A shifty running back who starred at Florida Atlantic, Devin Singletary has been very productive in his first two seasons.

Through Week 16 of the 2020 season, Singletary ran for 1,455 yards and four touchdowns on 4.8 yards per carry in 27 games and 23 starts. Despite entering the NFL with questions about his ability as a receiver, Singletary has hauled in 66 catches for 457 yards and two touchdowns.

Singletary has also improved on his ball security in 2020. After fumbling four times as a rookie, Singletary only fumbled once in his first 15 games this season.

Josh Allen’s evolution over the last two years into a dangerous dual-threat quarterback has hurt Singletary’s scoring chances. Singletary, who ran for 66 touchdowns in three years at FAU, only has six all-purpose touchdowns in two seasons.

Singletary currently splits with rookie Zack Moss. Although Singletary has outgained Moss by a 680-473 margin, “Motor” is averaging 4.4 yards per rush, narrowly ahead of the 4.3 YPC that Moss has posted in 12 games.

Mike Singletary is a Chicago Bears legend

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For over a decade, Mike Singletary drilled awe and fear into opponents.

A second-round pick in 1981, Singletary spent his entire 12-season career starring for the Chicago Bears at middle linebacker. A two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year selection, Singletary officially recovered 12 fumbles and seven interceptions.

Singletary earned AP first-team All-Pro honors seven times and made 10 Pro Bowls. A crucial member of the Bears’ defense in 1985, Singletary ended that season with a Super Bowl ring.

Singletary entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. He later coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2008-10 before handing things over to Jim Harbaugh.

Is Devin Singletary related to Mike Singletary?

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Devin Singletary and Mike Singletary may share the same last name, but they are not related.

Devin is the son of Devonn Singletary, Sr. The second-year running back earned his “Motor” nickname from his father. 

Mike Singletary and his wife, Kim, raised seven children. Their son, Matt, began his college career at Baylor in 2007.

A defensive end, Matt later played at a junior college before finishing his career at California Polytechnic State University. According to IMDb, Singletary is now an actor and writer who recently appeared in Emerson Heights, a romance movie about aspiring actors. 

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