In about 15 years of change throughout the ownership of Daniel Snyder, there has been one constant and his name is London Fletcher. Fletcher has worn the number 59 for 7 seasons with the burgundy and gold, and in each game he has played; he has done so with the pride of the franchise in his heart. The former Buffalo Bill and St. Louis Ram has been recognized as one of the premier middle linebackers throughout his tenure with the Redskins.
Much of what he has done, however, has gone unnoticed, as Fletcher has only been selected to four pro bowls. The four appearances don’t quiet summarize the John Carroll’s products effect on the NFL. Fletcher led the league in tackles over the span of 2000 to 2009, but it wasn’t just what Fletcher did on the field that allowed Redskins fans to fall in love with the 16-year veteran. Fletcher was a leader in the locker room and a calming presence through several years of turmoil with the Redskins. On top of this, he was the rock of the defense, breaking the NFL record for most consecutive games played, and he did so with love for the game.
London Fletcher is the type of player any child should idolize. He isn’t the biggest or most talented athlete on the field, but his grittiness and determination separate him from his peers. Next year, the Redskins will miss the heart and soul of their defense, and it will be a difficult task to replace him.
Thank you, London Fletcher for your 7 years with us in Washington. You embody the Washington Redskins franchise, and make me proud to call myself a Redskins fan. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors and fully anticipate listening to you on Sundays. All of Washington will miss the number 59.