The Washington Redskins' season is two games away from being over.
So is the career of Redskins linebacker London Fletcher.
He announced his retirement during a press conference on Wednesday.
“I’m about 99 percent certain that this will be my last season in the National Football League,” Fletcher said. “I got to leave at least one percent, just in case I change my mind. But it’s really just about having another conversation with my wife, but just thought with this being the final home game, this being Dallas Cowboy week, an opportunity to go out with a bang and get the fans riled up and say thank you to them and beat the Cowboys. What better way to end it?”
With a win against New York Giants in the season finale on December 29?
Cousins on @LFletcher59: "We would love to have him walk off that field for the last time--if it will be his last time--with a victory."
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) December 18, 2013
Fletcher, 38, said he contemplated retiring after the 2012 season, but did not believe his work was done. He returned to help groom Redskins linebacker Perry Riley, help the franchise, and establish his legacy.
“It’s more about a legacy,” Fletcher said. “Nothing about anything more I could accomplish because I’ve played in two Super Bowls (with the Rams), and had the fortune of winning one, then losing one. Been to the Pro Bowls. I just wanted to continue to help with the legacy.”
Fletcher did not need Perry to solidify his legacy.
He is the league’s active Iron Man and has played in 254 consecutive games. He is one of only four players in NFL history to play in 250 consecutive games. Fletcher owns the league record for consecutive starts by a linebacker with 214.
Fletcher, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1998, spent the first four years of his career with the St. Louis Rams, then spent five with the Buffalo Bills before and the last seven with the Redskins. He is a also a four-time Pro Bowler.
And his career is coming to an end.
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