Former Tri-Cities Fever defensive back Lionell Singleton was named to the Indoor Football Hall of Fame of Thursday.
The Class of 2016 included Singleton, Mark Blackburn (linebacker, Sioux Falls Storm) and Tom Wigley (owner, Colorado Crush/Ice).
Singleton, an All-Conference selection at Florida International University, is one of the most decorated defensive backs in IFL history.
During his five-year IFL career, Singleton was named to three All-IFL teams (first team in 2012-13 and second team in 2014). He was an instrumental player on the Fever’s back-to-back Intense Conference Championship teams in 2011-12. Singleton finished his IFL career with 395 tackles, 52 pass breakups and six defensive touchdowns. He set IFL records with 31 career interceptions (tied for first) and career interception return yards with 454 (first).
“Thank you very much for this great honor,” Singleton said in a news release by the IFL. “It would not have been possible without the support of my great teammates and coaches over the years. And a special thank you to Mrs. Teri (Carr) and the entire Fever organization for giving me the opportunity.”
Singleton continues to live and work in and around the Kennewick community.
He founded the Afterschool Matters Program at Eastgate and Jefferson Elementary. He was named the Kennewick School District Outstanding Partner of the Year in 2012. In 2013, he received the IFL’s Adam Pringle Award (equivalent to the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year).