London Fletcher picked to go to the Pro Bowl
As the first alternate to be named a starter at inside linebacker, London Fletcher was named to the Pro Bowl on Monday after Chicago’s Brian Urlacher chose not to play due to a knee injury. This is Fletcher’s third Pro Bowl appearance as a Redskin, in the last three seasons.
Fletcher led the NFL in tackles this past season. He was credited with 209 tackles by stats released by the Redskins coaches. (The NFL’s tackle credited him with 166 tackles.) He also posted 1.5 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, 2 interceptions, 11 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles.
He announced the news on his Twitter account on Monday morning saying, “Aloha! Officially added to the Pro Bowl roster today.” With Fletcher’s addition to the roster, the Redskins have had at least one Pro Bowl player for 18 straight seasons.
Great news for London Fletcher, who continues to play the game with passion and heart even at his age (36) and at a time when the Redskins are clearly rebuilding. Fletcher will be a free agent this off-season and hopes to return to D.C. to assist in building that Super Bowl caliber team of the past. He is a key player in the Redskins “D” and an asset both on the field and off. “From my perspective, I think he’s the perfect guy to keep building this defense,” Haslett said of the 36-year-old Pro Bowler. “He has a lot of time left in him. We just have to take care of him and make sure we don’t wear him out.” London Fletcher hopes to be re-signed to the Redskins ASAP, to get the off-season preparations underway.