Former CFL linebacker Alex Singleton gives first NFL touchdown football to sister

Photo courtesy: Kim Singleton

Alex Singleton delivered his first NFL touchdown and sent the keepsake item to his sister, Ashley.

Singleton recorded a pick-six off San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Nick Mullens in Week 4 to put the Philadelphia Eagles up 25-14 in the fourth quarter, it helped close out a 25-20 victory.

The Singleton’s watched from their home in Thousand Oaks, California, approximately 550 kilometres away from Levi Stadium. If it wasn’t for COVID-19, there would have been a large Singleton contingent at the game.

Instead, mom Kim, dad Steve, brother Matt, and Ashley were tuned in on television. When Singleton intercepted the ball in the fourth quarter, his family erupted with joy in the living room.

Ashley is the biggest fan in the family. She is very close with her NFL linebacker brother. Singleton and his sister did virtual workouts to help train Special Olympic athletes during the pandemic. Ashley, who was born with Down Syndrome, has competed for over 20 years. That bond is why she had a large smile on her face when her brother’s TD football arrived.

Photo courtesy: Kim Singleton

“Happiness. When you get your brother’s interception football from his first NFL touchdown. Priceless,” Kim wrote on Twitter.

Ashley was honoured to have the ball and Alex is playing with her in mind during the 2020 NFL season. Singleton is tackling inclusion by donating money for every tackle he makes on the field. Singleton wrote on his pledge page:

I’m honored and excited to invite fans and supporters to join me in helping to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, competitors and the community.

The Singletons are tackling goals together.