For 16 seasons, Bill Romanowski built a reputation as one of the nastiest, most consistent linebackers in the National Football League.
Romanowski built a streak of 243 consecutive games played from 1994 through 2003 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders — a league record for linebackers.
For 15 seasons, London Fletcher has also built a reputation as one of the most well-respected and consistent linebackers in the NFL.
Heading into Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Fletcher has built his own streak of 238 consecutive games as a member of the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills and the Redskins.
If Fletcher can play five more games, he’ll tie Romanowski’s record; six and he breaks it. And, because of the way Fletcher carries himself on the field, Romanowski is OK with that.
“Yes, I heard about the streak the last couple weeks, and I was like, ‘Wow, I think he may beat my streak,” Romanowski recently told CSN. “And you know what? Hey, streaks are meant to be broken. Records are meant to be broken. And it couldn’t happen to a better guy than London Fletcher, who has played the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
That’s some high praise right there.
Other than durability, Romanowski and Fletcher have something else in common: they’ve both played under head coach Mike Shanahan.
This season, Fletcher has been playing through a very painful ankle injury. Earlier this month, Shanahan talked about Fletcher’s mindset as he plays through pain:
“He’s one of the few guys who I’ve seen play, especially over the last couple of weeks, that I didn’t really think could play and played. He’s got the ability to play at a high level. With all of his experience, he’s able to feed off of that. If he’s able to go, he’s going to play at that high level, because that’s his mindset.”
Here’s video (courtesy of CSN) of Romanowski discussing the consecutive games played record, and his thoughts on Fletcher:
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