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Vernon Davis says Singletary benching changed his life

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10:35 PM ET 01.31 | Vernon Davis has had a wild and crazy ride to the Super Bowl. While the sports world is zeroed in on Ray Lewis' story of redemption, Davis' story is not only less controversial but it's a more relevant tale of turning your career around. In 2008, when Mike Singletary took over as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, one of the first things he did was bench Davis in the middle of a game for basically being selfish. Singletary thought Davis was putting himself above the team, so he booted him off the field and barred him from returning for the duration of the game. Davis said he cried and demanded a trade, and when Singletary visibly didn't care about a man who's only looking out for himself, Davis' life changed. At the time, Davis hated Singletary, but today he wishes he would have been given a chance to thank him before Singletary was fired.

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February 1, 2013  01:50 AM ET

Tough love, someone has to do it. And even though Singletary got the boot he did get one of his messages across not only to Davis but the rest of the team.

February 1, 2013  06:27 AM ET

Singletary sounds like he is old school and I like that. A coach has to do things like that or it's chaos.

February 1, 2013  06:41 AM ET

singletarys writing is all over the niners defence, harbaugh has what singletary started

February 1, 2013  08:15 AM ET

If Singletary could have kept all that in the locker room, instead of wearing his emotions on his sleeve in front of reporters at ever press conference, he might have lasted longer as a head coach.

February 1, 2013  08:21 AM ET

So, something did come out of Singletary's coaching.

February 1, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Now this is guy who appreciates constructive Critisisim !!! Good for Him!

February 1, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Probably your fault the dude got fired. Singletary would be a far more effective coach on the collegiate level IMO but he deserves another chance as an NFL HC.

February 1, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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If Singletary could have kept all that in the locker room, instead of wearing his emotions on his sleeve in front of reporters at ever press conference, he might have lasted longer as a head coach.

Second that.

February 1, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Okay, so he can be an effective coach, just maybe he's not meant to be a head coach.

 
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