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London Fletcher finally makes it to the Pro Bowl

L.Fletcher.jpgOn the same day he was named a finalist for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the Susan Lucci of the NFL finally has had gotten his due.

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

Sure, he’ll get there only because the game is being played a week before the Super Bowl, and because Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has gotten a pass given his team’s qualification for the slightly more significant game.

Fletcher celebrated the news on his Twitter page.  “12 years and 1 overtime later, FINALLY Pro Bowl bound,” Fletcher said, via Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

Hey, at least there’s finally someone on the team who actually wants to be there.

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24 Responses to “London Fletcher finally makes it to the Pro Bowl”
  1. LighTsouT says: Jan 25, 2010 7:58 AM

    Congrats. He’s deserved it for a long time.

  2. Count Sacula says: Jan 25, 2010 8:05 AM

    Congrats from this Eagles fan. It’s about time you got what you deserved.

  3. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Jan 25, 2010 8:16 AM

    Meh. There’s already been a movie made about this kind of situation. Poor kid goes to Notre Dame and washes towels for 4 years, then finally got some garbage time with 1 minute in the last game in his senior year. I think it was called “Rudy”. But London ain’t no Rudy.

  4. Drat says: Jan 25, 2010 8:16 AM

    London Fletcher has been an All-Pro by any measure on the field since 1999. He’s a smallish, undrafted guy from a small school. Never gets the credit. From 1999 to now he’s played in 16 games every year but one (that was this season). He’s averaged just shy of 100 tackles per season over that interval. His lowest number of tackles since the 2000 season was 94! And the high 106. Spanning ten years. Talk about consistency at the highest level. He has usually played for sub-par teams, but his energy level, and the mayhem generated, stay at max levels. If the NFL kept a Defensive Disruption Index, he would be in the top 5 every year. I don’t believe there is an LB in the NFL more fun to watch than Fletcher. If he was from Notre Dame or Ohio State, people would be talking Hall of Fame.

  5. SWILPackfan says: Jan 25, 2010 8:21 AM

    This is long overdue. Too bad it has to come with an asterick because of Vilma bailing. But asterick or not, Fletcher has more than earned the trip.

  6. lichnor says: Jan 25, 2010 8:39 AM

    Damn.
    Wait so long for a free trip to Hawaii and you get Florida.
    Sorry to hear about that, London.

  7. wwwmattcom says: Jan 25, 2010 8:41 AM

    he deserved this years ago, but in the afc there has been lots ot competition, and he has been on some bad teams.

  8. SnYdErSBlAnKeT says: Jan 25, 2010 8:55 AM

    It’s sad that you have to run your mouth, and show and do a stupid dance after every tackle to get recognized in this league… Instead London like a real man and leader keeps his mouth shut, pops you in the mouth gets up and then does it again, and again, and again.. This undersized, “slow” MLB has been in the top ten in tackles every year since 1999, He has dished out blows year in and year out…. He is the definition of consistancy with only missing ONE PLAY IN TWELVE YEARS! as a MLB and the only play he missed was b/c he had already gone into the locker room at halftime and the teams were called back on to the field b/c there was a second left on the clock and a kneel was required, he should get to the hall of fame just for that statistic… Even if a lot of his tackles are downfield, he is still in the picture on almost every tackle anywhere on the field…. This was long overdue and is pathetic that it is his first pro bowl and he is a replacement… I am grateful that fans from other teams recognize this atrocity and congratulate him on his trip to the pro bowl

  9. Hap says: Jan 25, 2010 8:57 AM

    So ya’ll tie him to a soap opera star ?

  10. bobinpuertorico says: Jan 25, 2010 9:10 AM

    Actually, the number of tackles that Drat talks about are “unassisted”. In terms of total tackles, Fletcher has averaged 138 per year over the last nine years and for 2009 he had the second most. From 2002 to 2008, he had the third most tackles three times, fifth most once and sixth most twice. It is great that he is finally getting a chance to play in the game.

  11. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Jan 25, 2010 9:30 AM

    SnYdErSBlAnKeT says: January 25, 2010 8:55 AM
    It’s sad that you have to run your mouth, and show and do a stupid dance after every tackle to get recognized in this league… Instead London like a real man and leader keeps his mouth shut……
    ____________________________________
    Yeah, he keeps his mouth shut except for when he loses by more than 30 points, and starts crying like a little bitch about running up the score……hahahaha

  12. JollyRoger says: Jan 25, 2010 9:33 AM

    SnYdErSBlAnKeT says:
    January 25, 2010 8:55 AM
    It’s sad that you have to run your mouth, and show and do a stupid dance after every tackle to get recognized in this league…
    ___________________________________
    There’s always the “stab a guy” approach, too.

  13. Marty says: Jan 25, 2010 9:37 AM

    They screwed you again, you didnt make it.
    Unless they put you on the team the right way, DONT GO.
    If they dont respect you enough to put you on the team the right way –
    TELL THEM TO STICK IT

  14. ch19079 says: Jan 25, 2010 9:43 AM

    He has deserved it. He shouldnt have had to wait as long as he did. He shouldnt have waited this late into the season either.

  15. kbv510 says: Jan 25, 2010 9:47 AM

    Bill Cowher’s Chin says: January 25, 2010 9:30 AM
    Yeah, he keeps his mouth shut except for when he loses by more than 30 points, and starts crying like a little bitch about running up the score……hahahaha
    thats Keith Brooking dumbass!

  16. filthymcnasty says: Jan 25, 2010 9:48 AM

    @ Bill Cowher’s Chin
    “Yeah, he keeps his mouth shut except for when he loses by more than 30 points, and starts crying like a little bitch about running up the score……hahahaha”
    WTF are you talking about? You must be confused with the Dallas’ MLB. Or maybe Hines Ward.

  17. ibleedblackngold says: Jan 25, 2010 9:51 AM

    Congrats London, can’t believe the voters still overlook you when naming the team originally. Vote fletcher 2010-2011 even if he doesn’t play a down cuz this guy deserves it. He has had a hall of fame worthy career

  18. SnYdErSBlAnKeT says: Jan 25, 2010 10:02 AM

    @ Bill Cowher’s Chin
    Brilliant comment, stick with commenting on figure skating blogs, you might have a better chance there dumbass…

  19. achain says: Jan 25, 2010 10:31 AM

    Awesome.
    London deserves it. Congrats!

  20. meezle says: Jan 25, 2010 10:49 AM

    As an Eagles fan I hate this guy, even when Westbrook was in his prime, this guy was like a blanket on him
    Can’t think of many all around better defensive players than Fletch

  21. recent says: Jan 25, 2010 11:31 AM

    London Fletcher is a worthy pro bowler, and it’s a shame it took this long and these circumstances to get there, but just happy he finally gets the recognition.

  22. grimsleeper78 says: Jan 25, 2010 12:40 PM

    Blow ‘em away next weekend London, Blow ‘em away!!

  23. kiera620 says: Jan 25, 2010 1:24 PM

    Well I’ll say congrats to Fletcher because he deserves regardless of the circumstances. He’s very good and worthy of it, as a bills fan i miss having him on the team. If he came from a popular school, if he played on better teams and if he were a flashier player he’d have been pro bowl bound years ago. it’s pretty sad when you think about it. he’s a high quality player that consistently plays at a high level, it’s really a shame he gets looked over every year. I truly believe if he played for better teams he’d be hall of fame bound.

  24. SkinsTradition says: Jan 26, 2010 11:40 PM

    “Hey, at least there’s finally someone on the team who actually wants to be there.”
    I don’t think that statement is fair. I’m pretty sure Orakpo wants to be there as well.

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