Athlete Profile: Alex Singleton

Bobcat junior linebacker Alex Singleton hails from Thousand Oaks, Calif. He is the second oldest of four children and his parents are Steve, a project manager, and Kim, a stay-at-home mom. Singleton majors in sociology with an emphasis in criminology and a minor in history. When asked what he would like to pursue after college, he said, “I’m not really one-hundred percent sure what I want to do with it. I love the topic of crime and ever since I was little I always wanted to be a cop.”

Football was another strong passion Singleton had as a child. He started playing when he was seven years old. “It was my first year of tackle football. I think the reason I played was because my whole family played before me, and I loved the game from the start. The love of the game has truly kept me going, and always finding something new to learn within the game,” he said.

Singleton added he wanted to play college football once he started watching it on television. “I grew a passion for it as I watched USC players like Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews,” he said. Knowing he wanted to be like them some day, it was easy for Singleton to focus on playing college football. He explained that on his recruiting trip to MSU, he “fell in love with the place — every aspect of it. The football program was also a huge influence, obviously. With Coach Ioane being the coach who recruited me, and knowing then he was going to be my position coach, [it] made the decision very easy.”

Since his time at MSU, Singleton said his favorite memories have been the successes he has shared with his teammates through the years. “There is nothing like working as hard as we do as a team, fighting together everyday for a special Saturday to come around and get a huge W on the field,” he said. Along with that, Singleton mentioned the friends he has made on the team have also had a large impact on his time in Bozeman.

When asked what his teammates would say about him, Singleton said they would mention his fire for the game and his competitive nature, on and off the field. They would also say he gives every ounce of effort to the team to win their games, along with his great sportsmanship and the respect he has for everyone who plays the game.

Knowing that he will eventually have to “hang up the cleats,” Singleton said his goals and dreams until then are to always work harder and continue to improve. After that, he sees himself continuing his involvement in the sport as a coach. He said ultimately football has taught him respect and how to work as a team. He adds, “Playing the game for so long and knowing there are such great football minds out there, those who love and fight for every second of it, that is what has taught me to respect like no other. With that, there is also the player-to-coach level of respect. The team aspect of football is something you can’t learn doing anything else.”