The 16 chapter drama of an underdog that would even make Rocky look like Goliath is about to see its final sentence written.
From John Carroll stud to St. Louis Rams walk-on to an always consistent Buffalo Bill to Redskins legend, linebacker London Fletcher is
a the walking example of what a never say die moniker coaches love to fling around locker room speeches can do.
While you were enjoying the embracing of loved ones after months apart and opening wish list gifts, Fletcher spent Christmas Eve 2013 like any other work day since 1998—practicing.
Today and tomorrow will possible mark the last two practices of his storybook career.
The seed of closure hasn’t fully set in yet, though.
“You think about it, but just make it a normal week,” Fletcher told the media on Tuesday. “Go out and prepare like you would normally do and try to help this team get a win.
“I’ve thought about it. I’m sure when we get closer to gameday or we’re at the stadium during that game I’ll think about it even more and that’ll come into play, but really it’s kinda surreal because if you think about it this is something I’ve done for 16 years. To think like ‘Man, this could basically be it.’”
Since tackles became an official stat in 2001, Fletcher has recorded 92 tackles in Week 17 action.
While all of his college and St. Louis Ram teammates have transitioned over into the “real world” in recent years, enjoying home on Sundays, Fletcher has continued to jog out of the tunnel and enter the starting lineup right in the middle of muscle bound teammates that were just elementary schoolers when he first played under the shield.
That feeling will be what he’s going to miss most.
“I think Sundays, game days coming out of the tunnel, playing [and] being out on the field and competing and stuff like that you can’t get that anywhere else in life,” Fletcher explained with a smile on. “You can do other things to make money, but the competition, the camaraderie you get from by playing in this sport; you can’t duplicate that in other areas of life.”
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