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London Fletcher's impressive mark

Posted on: October 30, 2010 2:16 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

There has been a lot of talk about a certain quarterback’s consecutive games streak this week. But Brett Favre is not the only veteran with an ironman record.
L. Fletcher (US Presswire)
Redskins linebacker London Fletcher will be appearing his 200th consecutive game against the Lions on Sunday. Yes, that leaves Fletcher 92 games short of Favre. And Fletcher has not started all 200 games. (He started just one of 16 games as a rookie for the Rams in ’98 and he started 15 of 16 games for the Rams in ’99).

However, we’re talking about an inside linebacker here. A somewhat undersized inside linebacker, in fact (5’10”, 245). Fletcher has recorded well over 100 tackles each season since the NFL started tracking the unofficial statistic in 2001.

He was supposed to be washed up about three years ago, but instead he’s only improved. At 35, Fletcher remains one of the most consistent players in the game. “[He’s the ] hardest-working guy I've ever been around," Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett told the Washington Post. "[He's] the smartest linebacker. He understands the game, he's hard working, he can put people in right positions, he can make adjustments in the middle of the game.

"You can tell him something that you want done and he can go and do it right away, where a lot of guys have to see it. A lot of guys have to write it down on the board, they have to visualize it. You can talk to him and he knows exactly what you're trying to do. He's about as good as it gets."

Amazingly, Fletcher has never been voted to a Pro Bowl (he played in the game as a first alternate for an injured Jonathan Vilma last season). This might be the most viable proof that the Pro Bowl voting system is imperfect.

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2010 11:08 pm
 

London Fletcher's impressive mark

The Man is a class act and a true credit to perseverance, hard work, and a model work ethic.  He shows the little people of the world that you don't have to be the prototypical size and speed to succeed in the NFL, that smarts and hearts can will you to your dream.  Kudos to LONDO  FLETCHER!!!



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2010 4:17 pm
 

London Fletcher's impressive mark

It seems like every year I read this exact same story about London Fletcher.  This seems like at least the 5th or 6th year in a row that a writer takes it upon himself to preach the longevity, stability, intelligence, and all around good play of Mr. L. F.  The real question is why does he continue to go ignored every year?  Some of it has to be playing for the Rams during their good years, can't imagine their D players getting a whole lot of recognition druing the "Greatest Show on Turf".   Fast forward him to the Redskins who year in and year out seem to scrape the gum off the floor of the NFC East and its clear why this guy gets overlooked.  In all his career there just hasn't been much reason to look at him.  It's funny to think of it, I mean how many quality pro athletes would be able to handle not getting the publicity year after year.  Whatever the reasons London Fletcher stands out in stark contrast to the spectacles of Lebron James' decisiongate and Terrell Owens doing power crunches in his driveway.
Good for London Fletcher.


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