There might have been a brief period of uncertainty this offseason, but when London Fletcher steps out onto the field later this evening he’ll become the NFL’s sole ironman with 240 consecutive appearances. Not only that but he’ll be starting his 200th straight game.
When some of his teammates were just learning the sport in their local Pop Warner league, Fletcher was starting in a Super Bowl.
So for anyone that’s every felt that they were too small to make it or weren’t picked first, Fletcher is the model that anything can happen.
As you file into your offices this morning, check out this video of Fletcher at his best during the 2012 season:
Since 2007, the four-time Pro Bowler has called the Nation’s Capital home and today he can also officially claim himself as the NFL’s sole Ironman after being tied with Ronde Barber with 240 consecutive appearances. Barber, who played his entire 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, retired during the offseason.
Now don’t go confusing Fletcher with the box office hit. Unlike Tony Stark his performances are real.
Similar to Stark’s suit of power, it seems that every time Fletcher snaps on his Redskins helmet and puts on his gold pants, he’s invincible.
In 1998, the undrafted college free agent signed with the St. Louis Rams. Few expected him to beat out his drafted counterparts for a roster spot. No one expected him to actually take the field during a regular season game.
On September 6, 1998 Fletcher took the field for the Rams against the New Orleans Saints.
Here’s a fun fact for you—at the time tackles weren’t an official stat yet. Also, Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” was the top jam in the country.
The descriptor bank for the four-time Pro Bowl consummate underdog, just got a little bit bigger.
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