Coaching Ties

Two former Houston high school football stars will coach against each other Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who was an all-state quarterback at St. Pius High School, played collegiately at Texas A&M. San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary, who was an all-state linebacker at Worthing High School, played at Baylor.

Singletary, who is in his second season as the 49ers' coach, was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears in 1981, won a Super Bowl ring after the 1985 season and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

Kubiak, who is in his fourth season as the Texans' coach, was a ninth-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 1983. He backed up John Elway during his nine-year career and was rewarded with two Super Bowl rings.

"Mike and I never played against each other in high school except once when I was a freshman and didn't play," Kubiak said. "He was two years ahead of me. But I did play against him once in the NFL.

"The year (1984) before they won the Super Bowl, John had a severely bruised shoulder, and I played against the Bears and that great defense," Kubiak said. "(Defensive end Richard) Dent knocked my lights out. I remember waking up in a Chicago hospital with the McCaskey family around me."

The Bears' owners wanted to make sure that Kubiak was OK, which he was even though the Broncos lost 27-0.

Kubiak and Singletary point to their roots in a football hotbed as the reason they're fortunate enough to have two of 32 jobs in the NFL.

"Well, it is Texas," Singletary said. "And you love your football in Texas. I think it's just one of those things that, we're very fortunate, I was very fortunate to have so many wonderful people in my life that taught me a lot about football and life, and so it's pretty interesting that the roads would lead to this."

SERIES HISTORY:
2nd regular-season meeting. 49ers lead the series 1-0. In what was called the Reggie Bush Bowl, the Texans lost 20-17 in overtime at San Francisco in 2005. At the time, it looked as if the Texans would take the USC running back if they had the top pick in the 2006 draft. They did, but they selected defensive end Mario Williams.

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