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November 21, 2008
Texas trip strictly business for Singletary

Eric Heitmann needs 30 tickets. Allen Rossum is seeking 22. Arnaz Battle will have friends and family in the stands. So will Tarell Brown. Sunday's game in Dallas will be a homecoming of sorts for several Texas-raised 49ers, including coach Mike Singletary, who grew up in Houston and who went to college at Baylor University in Waco. Singletary has a son and a daughter who go to school at Baylor. His son, a member of the football team, has team obligations this weekend. Singletary will visit briefly with his daughter. Otherwise, he said it's strictly a business trip for him. "I've got tons of family there being the last of 10 kids," Singletary said. "They come from everywhere. ... I've already told them - we'll get together after the season."

One of the head coaching jobs for which Singletary interviewed was the Cowboys' job that was filled by Wade Phillips. Singletary said he was impressed with the interview, especially with the honesty of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "He said, 'Mike, it's just a matter of the fit. I don't know you as (well) as I know the other guys.' He was very honest. He said I wish I knew you more."

The mother of former 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion will be a guest of the 49ers at Sunday's game. Herrion, a Fort Worth native, collapsed and died immediately following an exhibition game in Denver in 2005. The team created an award in Herrion's honor that is annually given to the rookie or first-year player who best exemplifies Herrion's positive outlook on life.

Rams tight end Anthony Becht was not fined for what appeared to be a late hit on safety Michael Lewis that caused Lewis to briefly leave Sundaay's game. Lewis said that Becht apologized for the hit following the game. "For him to apologize, I just put it behind me at that point," Lewis said. Becht was not penalized on the play.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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