London Fletcher likely to retire at end of season

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The Redskins promoted a major player announcement at 1:30 p.m., and they beat their own deadline with something about as major as they could offer that didn’t involve a quarterback.

Veteran linebacker London Fletcher took to the podium and told reporters he was “99 percent certain” he was retiring after the season, saying he was 90 percent sure of that going into this season.

The Redskins play their home finale Sunday against the Cowboys, and the 38-year-old Fletcher said he wanted a chance to say goodbye to the fans there before he went.

It will be the 255th straight game for the 16th-year linebacker, and he’s one of just four players in league history with a streak of more than 250 games.

He spent the first four years of his career with the Rams, then spent five with the Bills before the last seven with the Redskins. 

His announcement will make the game a bit of a celebration for the Redskins, something they haven’t had much reason for this year.

It will also be a bit of a distraction from the ugly mess their season has become, which doesn’t represent the class with which he played for so long.

51 responses to “London Fletcher likely to retire at end of season

  1. Class act and always has been, hate to see his career and consecutive starts end. Going into 2014 Eli Manning will have the longest active consecutive start streak, wow.

  2. I was born in 1982 and have been a Redskins fan my whole life. London is quite easily one of my top 5 Redskins of all time, not only because of his on-field performance, but because of his (apparent) leadership and likable personality.

    You will be missed, London. Sorry you had to be on such a crappy team on your way out of a Hall of Fame worthy career.

  3. He’s the greatest Linebacker since Singletary. Nobody comes close and I wish the Redskins had 20 other London Fletchers to go with RGIII. Top 3 MLBs of alltime – Singletary, Fletcher and Nitchke. In that order.

  4. As a Ravens fan, I want to congratulate Fletcher on what will certainly be seen as a HOF career. He was the anti-Ray Lewis. All that’s missing are the rings, which he richly deserved.

  5. Amazing player. As much as he’s been apart of the Redskins’ wins over my own team it will suck to see him go.

  6. I dislike the team he plays for but without a doubt in my mind that London Fletcher is a class act and a first ballot Hall of Famer.

  7. the most unhearalded player of all time. Look at his numbers compared to the “greatest” ILB of all time.

    Ray Lewis – 2050 Tackles, 41 sacks, 31 INT

    London Fletcher – 2019 Tackles, 39 Sacks, 23 INT

    If he is not a first ballot Hall of Famer then something is wrong with this world!

  8. Played in as many as Ray and won one

    As a Ravens fan, I want to congratulate Fletcher on what will certainly be seen as a HOF career. He was the anti-Ray Lewis. All that’s missing are the rings, which he richly deserved.

  9. It’s going to be very hard to replace this man. As a Skins fan living in Buffalo I have had the pleasure of watching him play every game for the last 12 years. A great player and great person.

  10. London was one of my favorite bills players. He played on some great Bills defenses, top 5 defenses most of his years in B-lo, believe it or not. He was a big part of that, and I never could understand why they let him go. It was obvious then he had plenty left in the tank, and he proved it. Something tells me London wouldn’t be retiring unless he knew he couldn’t continue to perform at the high level we’re accustomed to seeing. Thanks for the memories. John Carroll represent!

  11. Congrats to Mr. Fletcher on your retirement. From a Ravens fan, you were a great player and a class act.

  12. I think he’s only retiring because he finally realizes he’s too short to play lb in the NFL!!!!

    Seriously, congrats to a class act!

  13. We will most certainly miss you, London. HOF for sure and a much needed leader who will be tough to replace. Hopefully Perry Riley can and will fill that huge void. I wish such a depressing season wouldn’t have been Fletchers last. Hail

  14. He is retiring to save himself the embarassment of playing for a couple more years with that pathetic franchise.

    Ray “God” Lewis > London Fletcher


  15. I will be very interested to see how the Hall of Fame voters handle his candidacy when he is eligible.

    Based on London’s total package he should be an easy choice. We’ll see..

  16. As a die-hard Redskins fan and owner of two Fletcher jerseys (thought I lost one, bought a second, found first one) you hate to see an all-time great go. On the other hand, as much as I hate to say it, it’s time for him to retire. He’s played like a 25 year-old for the last fifteen years, but now that he’s hit 38, he’s begun playing like a 31-year-old.

    Before this season I don’t think I had ever seen him miss a tackle in his life– and since Fletcher was so relied upon to carry the whole defense every year, this year, his poor tackling this season was definitely a large part of the Redskins defensive struggles. That said, the team should immediately hire him back on as a linebackers coach, (or defensive coordinator, or head coach) his mind is too good to waste off of the football field.

  17. Classy Player and Great Redskin. Ultimate Team Guy who I’m sure was forced to announce his retirement now to distract people from how miserable his employers are!

    Good Luck London and Thanks for the Memories!

  18. Great player. Curious to see if he makes the HOF considering his stats are comparable to Ray Lewis, though Ray Lewis had much more fanfare. I guess we’ll see.

  19. One of the classiest, hardest-working players of all time. To start that many consecutive games as a LB is one of the most impressive records ever. Good luck in the future and thanks for the great memories. You were a bright spot in a (mostly) bad Redskins era!

  20. As a Dolphins fan, I honestly consider London Fletcher to be one of the NFL’s most under-rated players of all time.

    I don’t think he made it to the Pro Bowl till about his 10th season in the league, but in a world where most don’t make it passed the first or second, there’s got to be a reason why he was a LEGITIMATE STARTER for well over a decade.

    Kudos. Never once complained and just worked his butt off for his money. The honest way. Talent for days and a class act. Salute!

  21. Good for London. Great career, and gets to go out before his play drastically drops off. Reminds me of Derrick Brooks, except Derrick played one year too many. His last game against Oakland he looked like he didn’t belong on an NFL field. Good to see London hang em up before that happens!

  22. Growing up around the DC area…I truly cannot stand the Redskins fanbase for many reasons, but Fletcher was/is the consumate professional. I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t end up in Canton.

    Enjoy your time off London. It’s well deserved.

    Seems like just yesterday he had that season he went by London Fletcher-Baker.

  23. Fletcher has always played the game the way that it was meant to be played. He is a tough, physical linebacker that doesn’t take plays off.

    His longevity is a testimony to his commitment to the sport and his leadership will be missed should he decide to hang up the cleats after this season.

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