Redskins LB Fletcher plans to retire
Updated On: Dec 18 2013 03:51:36 PM CST
Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is 99 percent certain that his 16th season will be his last in the NFL.
The 38-year-old has played in 254 consecutive games -- the longest streak in the NFL since 1970 -- and has started 213 games in a row. He's considered one of the most durable players in NFL history, having never missed a game since he came out of Division III John Carroll as an undrafted free agent.
Fletcher is one of only four players with 250 consecutive games and, on Sunday, he'll likely play his final home game in FedEx Field against the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins' final game will be the following week at the New York Giants.
"I felt like I've accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish in the National Football League," he said.
Fletcher considered retirement for several years but always came back because of his desire to help the franchise. Now, he wants to spend more time with his young family.
"Really, I think what every player wants to do is leave a legacy, and that's really what I wanted to do as a player," Fletcher said. "Why I came back one more year was more about a legacy, nothing about anything more I could accomplish because I've played in two Super Bowls, had the fortune of winning one then losing one, I've been to the Pro Bowls and all that, but just wanted to continue to help with the legacy."
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan thinks Fletcher has a Hall of Fame resume.
"I don't think there's any question about him being a Hall of Fame-caliber player," Shanahan said. "I think he's definitely a Hall of Fame-caliber player. His work speaks for itself, and to do what he's done and not miss games along the way, be with different organizations and lead those organizations wherever he's been, speaks volumes."
Fletcher has 58 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble this season.