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Redskins Linebacker London Fletcher ’99 Percent’ Sure He’s Retiring After Season

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Redskins linebacker London Fletcher announced that the 2013 season will most likely be his last, NBC Sports reported on Wednesday.

The veteran linebacker has played 16 seasons in the NFL with the Rams, Bills and, for the last seven seasons, the Washington Redskins. Fletcher won Super Bowl XXXIV with St. Louis in 2000.

He’s put together a remarkable career, which began without much promise in 1999 as an undrafted free agent out of Division III John Carroll University. However, Fletcher quickly earned his stripes by becoming one of two rookie free agents to make the Rams roster. In 1999, he became the team’s starting linebacker — and the rest is history.

With 254 consecutive games played and 213 consecutive starts — both NFL records for a linebacker — Fletcher is one of the NFL’s true iron men. He also made four consecutive Pro Bowls (2009-2012) with the Redskins.

Is he a Hall of Famer? Mike Shanahan seems to think so.



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It’s been a disappointing year for the 3-11 Redskins, who have lost six straight games and currently sit at the bottom of the NFC East.

Fletcher, 38, says his decision to retire is simply about spending more time with his family and has nothing to do with the team’s struggles.

Washington plays its final home game of the season against the division-rival Cowboys on Sunday. Despite being long eliminated from playoff contention, Mike Shanahan’s team is primed to secure a victory for Fletcher in his last game at FedExField.




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