5. "I believe in our country, in society, the saddest thing has happened. One thing that I want to teach our guys is to be men.
If there's something that you have to say, go say it, and say that you
said it. But don't go say a bunch of stuff, 'But don't tell him I said
it.' To me, that's a rat, that's a coward, so those things I can't spend
my time on. ..."I don't want to deal with a rat. I don't want to spend my time trying
to find out who said this, who did that. ... I don't want to spend my time trying to find a rat. In time,
the smell will come." You know, by the time you can smell rats, there's probably too many rats...
Mike Singletary is gone. But he is not forgotten. The linebacker-turned-coach combined the pugnacity of a fight promoter with the ebullience of a revivalist preacher -- and the winning percentage of Mike Nolan.
Here, then, are the five top quotes from the man whose time atop the 49ers will probably be best remembered for these quotes (and certainly not the team's quality of play).