Singletary had big impact on Lewis, Davis

"Maybe that was the most primitive way I could have handled it," Singletary said. "But when I look back on it, sending him to the locker room was not a bad thing. We could have stood there on the sideline and we could have cursed each other out and slugged each other a couple of times. But he was being a distraction. Removing him from the scene, I thought at the time, was the right thing."

All through Super Bowl week, Davis has expressed thanks to Singletary.

"Coach Singletary, he helped me find myself," Davis said. "I can't deny it. From the very first time he got here, he always told me, 'Son, you have the tools to be great.' But I didn't know what he was talking about. I had to find that."

The day after Singletary's rant, Davis met with the coach and cried over the incident. He asked for a trade.

But then it started to sink in.

"That moment, it started to click for me," Davis said. "I said, 'I have to put my teammates first because if I don't, I'm going to lose all I have. I have to be focused and I have to be disciplined.' … It made me a better man, a better teammate and a better leader for my team. It helped me become the player I am today."

Davis became a captain and a Pro Bowler under Singletary.

And now he and Lewis are bringing lessons learned from Singletary to the game's biggest stage.

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