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London Fletcher’s Childhood Heroes

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 17, 2014 – 12:08 pm

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Fandom grows in the hearts of the young.

Children who can’t comprehend the intricacies of a 4-6 defense can still tell you who they like and who they don’t. It could be the jersey number, a player’s personality or who we thought we were supposed to like. We all attached ourselves to individuals.

For me it was Jim Brown (because of my dad and NFL Films) and Clinton Portis (because of this).

For young London Fletcher in Cleveland, it was a linebacker in Chicago and a running back in Los Angeles. 

 

 

Those are two excellent choices. They explain a lot about London. There is so much Singletary in his game, in his voice.

Anyone who ever loved the contact that makes football a contact sport liked “this kind of party.”

 

 

Anyone who ever appreciated style and grace had a soft spot for Eric Dickerson.

With apologies to Eric Wright and Darryl Jenks, Dickerson made the Jheri Curl look flyer than anyone else. The original upright runner chewed up turf with impossibly long strides that made him an icon as much as the rec specs and neck roll.

 


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