MSU alum Alex Singleton made his first career start as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Nov. 1, against the Dallas Cowboys. Singleton finished the game with eight tackles, helping the Eagles to a cozy 23-9 victory in Philadelphia.
After playing all of last season (and part of the current one) on special teams, Singleton earned his spot on the starting line-up with remarkable performances at every chance. He has made thirty tackles so far this season and ran back a 30 yards interception to score a touchdown against the 49ers on Monday, Oct. 5. After just one return, Singleton clocked in as the fourth fastest player in the league that evening—even faster than his teammate, Eagles wide receiver Jalen Raeger.
Singleton made his way to the Eagles after a long and complex five-year journey in the world of professional football. In his first season back, in 2015, Singleton started the month of May as an undrafted agent before getting signed by the Seattle Seahawks. He was then cut and picked back up a total of seven times before bouncing to the New England Patriots and then the Minnesota Vikings, who dropped him only a day before offseason practices began.
When asked in an interview with ESPN Radio South Jersey about his mentality while getting cut and re-signed over and over, Singleton responded, “I had the best support system in the world. My family never let me think about anything else… They knew it was a dream of mine to be playing football. Without them, I don’t know, mentally, how I would have made it through.”
However, in the spring of 2016, Singleton moved to Canada to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL), where the Calgary Stampeders drafted him as the sixth overall pick that year. Singleton continued with the Stampeders for three years, breaking the team record for most tackles in his second season and earning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award in 2017.
In 2019, Singleton returned to the NFL amidst the Eagles’ training camp and finally got a shot at playing time in the league. Singleton did not let the opportunity slip through his fingers, making his way from special teams and second string to the starting line-up of one of the best teams in the NFL and one of the biggest stages in all of sports, but that’s just gravy to Singleton.
“I play football because I love football,” Singleton said in his ESPN interview. “I don’t do it for money, or to be in the NFL. Like I said, I went to Canada, man. If the only opportunity to play was in Germany, I would be out there playing for nothing.”
Tune in this Sunday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. on FOX to watch Singleton and the Eagles play an exciting game against the New York Giants, who the Eagles narrowly beat 22-21 just three weeks ago.