Washington Redskins inside linebacker London Fletcher announced that he is 99% sure that he will retire at the end of the 2013 season. And thus will bring to an end an outstanding 16 year career, seven of which were spent with the Washington Redskins. Fletcher will play his last game in front of Redskins fans this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
With all of the negative things surrounding the Redskins right now, celebrating the career on of one of the true leaders the Redskins have had, gives fans something positive to reflect on. Although Fletcher has only experienced two winning season out of the seven he was a Redskins, he was certainly one of the bright spots in an era of losing for the franchise.
I have been critical of Fletcher’s play this season, but I have a lot of admiration for him. It’s simply a case of an older player being unable to live up to the excellence he’s established for himself throughout his career. And now that he’s leaving, the Redskins will not only have to fill the void at his position, but also the void of leadership that will emerge upon his exit.
Fletcher remarkably has never missed a game in his career, and for sixteen seasons, that is absolutely amazing. Playing in 255 consecutive games, Fletcher has been a model of consistency. I think he’s a borderline hall of fame candidate, and if he doesn’t make it into Canton, he most certainly will end up in the Redskins Ring of Fame, and perhaps a few others.
And if the Redskins didn’t have much to play for against the Cowboys other than the rivalry, you can be certain there will be a sentiment to send Fletcher out on top in his last game in front of the home fans with a win. It should also give the team something to think about other than Mike Shanahan’s job security, and to focus on real redskin business for a change. Good luck London! And thank you.