Former CFL linebacker Alex Singleton almost breaks NFL single-game tackling records

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Former CFL linebacker Alex Singleton came close to making history with the Denver Broncos in their 19-16 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.

The six-foot-three, 240-pound defender was on the field for all 93 of his team’s defensive snaps and recorded 21 combined tackles, 19 solo tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, and one pass knockdown.

The NFL’s single-game record for combined tackles was set on Nov. 4, 2007 when New York Jets’ linebacker David Harris made 24 in a 23-20 overtime loss to Washington. Singleton fell three combined tackles shy of tying the record, though he holds sole possession of second place all-time. Four different players are tied for third place all-time, including Derrick Brooks, Jordyn Brooks, Jerod Mayo, and Bobby Wagner.

Singleton also came close to tying the all-time record in solo tackles. Harris holds the record with 20, just one more than Singleton made in the loss to Los Angeles. Four different players are tied for third place with 17 solo tackles, including Patrick Willis, Donnie Edwards, Michael Barrow, and Jessie Armstead.

The Canadian-American defender signed a one-year contract with Denver following a three-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. He made 130 combined tackles, four tackles for loss, four knockdowns, one interception, and one touchdown over 16 games during the 2021 season and finished the year eleventh league-wide in tackles. He also served as one of Philadelphia’s six team captains.

Singleton has made recorded 390 combined tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight knockdowns, two sacks, two interceptions, and two touchdowns over 48 career NFL games with 22 starts. He was a first-round pick of the Calgary Stampeders in the 2016 CFL Draft and produced 123 tackles in his final two years in Canada, earning the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award in 2017.