The story of London Fletcher’s rise from a seldom known, undersized linebacker of a NCAA Division III school to four-time Pro Bowler and the NFL’s sole ironman come September 9th is one of the best in league history.
Hundreds of players go through the NFL Draft process without hearing their names called and hope to grasp onto a roster spot, but even if they do find a new home their chances of making the squad dwindle with each cut date.
So when the St. Louis Rams called on a 5-10 linebacker out of John Carroll University in 1998 no one expected him to make a squad that would go on to win the Super Bowl just one year later.
The thought that he would still be one of the top linebackers in the game 15 years later was unimaginable.
After a decade and a half of racking up tackle after tackle, though, Athlon Sports ranks him as one of the best undrafted players over the last quarter century.
Landing No. 7 on Athlon’s Top 25 Undrafted Free Agent in the NFL over the last 25 years is No. 59.
The reasoning-well pretty much everything that I stated before:
“The undersized tackling machine has been a playmaker with the Rams, Bills and Redskins for over a decade now. He has never missed a game in 15 NFL seasons and has started every game over the last 12 years.”
Fletcher obviously deserves a spot on the list, but after looking at the top-six I was intrigued by the man who was slotted directly above him: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Yes the same Tony Romo who Fletcher picked off in the Burgundy and Gold’s Thanksgiving Day win and the same gunslinger who Fletcher took down twice in front of a raucous FedExField crowd in Week 17.
So Redskins Nation what are your thoughts on Fletcher’s positioning on the list?
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