The lockout has come at a good time for NFC West alumni Oshiomogho Atogwe and Mike Singletary.
AtogweNeither will have to worry about football matters intervening when Atogwe, late of the St. Louis Rams, marries Jill Singletary, whose famous father coached the San Francisco 49ers through last season.
According to Atogwe, this marriage might never have happened if the 49ers hadn't named Mike Singletary interim head coach after firing Mike Nolan. Atogwe had met the Singletary family a few years earlier at a Pro Athletes Outreach event in Arizona. Atogwe was in his second year with the Rams at the time. Jill Singletary was still in high school, but she evidently made a lasting first impression.
"Fast forward roughly three years (end of 2008)," Atogwe wrote in their online wedding journal. "I'm playing for the Rams. ... Mike Nolan, the then head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, gets fired and his interim replacement is, (you guessed it) Mike Singletary. Now, not only was I happy for him, but lo and behold thoughts of a daugther, who should be around 19 or 20, resurface, yet again ever so smoothly placed there by God. So I, being the obedient servant that I am, I take the initiative of reaching out to her via Facebook and as she says, the rest is history."
Jill was apparently wary enough to make sure their first face-to-face meeting took place in a safe setting -- her aunt's house. Having a Hall of Fame linebacker as her father had to add a sense of security as well.