Redskins’ veteran linebacker London Fletcher this week was named the fourth-best NFL player older than 35, according to NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks.
The selection is no surprise to those who have followed Fletcher’s career with the Redskins. Fletcher — who turns 37 years old tomorrow — last year led the NFL in tackles and is a perennial team captain.
Brooks ranked Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady (who turns 35 Aug. 3), Packers’ defensive back Charles Woodson (35) and Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis (37) ahead of Fletcher. Packers’ center Jeff Saturday (36) rounded out the top 5.
Here’s what Brooks had to say about Fletcher:
“After spending a large portion of his career toiling in relative anonymity, Fletcher has become a household name due to his outstanding production over the past three seasons. He has consistently ranked among the league’s top defenders in tackles and is regarded as one of the best run stuffers in the NFL.
Fletcher not only controls the box against the run, but he has become one of the better interior pass defenders. Last season, he finished with two interceptions and eight breakups, while also adding two sacks and three forced fumbles. Fletcher’s ability to impact the game as an all-around defender is astounding, considering his age and diminutive stature.”
Fletcher has already had a busy offseason. He won the Bart Starr Award, was named to his third-consecutive Pro Bowl, was rewarded with a new contract with the Redskins and was the team’s lone representative on the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2012″ show — coming in at No. 87.
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