London Fletcher likely retiring from NFL
Updated: December 18, 2013 - 05:39 pm
ASHBURN, Va. (WJLA) - Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is "more than likely" to retire at the end of this season, the 4-time Pro Bowler announced Wednesday.
Fletcher says that he's "99 percent" sure of his decision to hang up his cleats after 16 season in the National Football League.
A Super Bowl champion who played for St. Louis, Buffalo and Washington since entering the league in 1998, Fletcher spoke repeatedly about leaving his legacy and said that football will "always be in his blood."
He held out a one percent chance that he'll return next year - just in case he has a change of heart.
The 38-year-old undrafted player from Division III John Carroll has never missed a game in the NFL. He has played in 254 consecutive games, the longest streak by a defensive player since the 1970 merger. He's also started 213 in a row, the all-time mark for a linebacker.
In 16 NFL seasons, he has appeared in, recording 1,378 tackles, 39 sacks and 23 interceptions.
During his announcement, Fletcher gave a ringing endorsement for head coach Mike Shanahan to stay with the team past the 2013 season.
The Redskins end their 2013 home season with a game against the rival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Fletcher was named to four straight Pro Bowls between 2009 and 2012. He earned a Super Bowl ring in 1999 when his St. Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.