By Evan Moore
Chicago Bears linebacker James Anderson wanted to wear the number 50, the same jersey number he wore with his former team, the Carolina Panthers.
He reached out to former Bears middle linebacker Mike Singletary to ask his permission to wear number which is iconic in Chicago. Singletary told 670 The Score’s “Mully and Hanley Show” Thursday morning that the number 50 belongs to the team, not to him.
“The bottom line to me is this, I played for the Bears and those were great years but what good does it do for me or the number to be retired,” Singletary said. “For me, I always like let 50 play. Let him be on the field."
Singletary, the current linebacker coach and an assistant to the head coach with the Minnesota Vikings, believes that the NFL is starting to favor offense over defense.
“It’s certainly looking that way. I think at the end of the day I think the truth will always bear out. It’s looking that way,” Singletary said. “All of the rules today it seems like they are really helping the offensive side of the ball and if I’m a quarterback, I may be able to play 25 years.”
The former Bears great also chimed in on how the organization treated Brian Urlacher before his retirement.
“You’ve got to start looking at it the way they do it. You’ve got to look at it as a business,” Singletary said. “More and more, organizations are starting to say, ‘look, we’re paying you more and more every year and just understand it can end at any time.”
The Bears take on the Vikings Sunday at Noon.