Ashburn, VA, United States (4E Sports) – Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said Wednesday he’ll retire after the season to pursue other interests.
He pegged his planned retirement as “99 percent certain”.
“I want to do some other things in life,” Fletcher noted.
He was considered a coach on the field, often anticipating plays and putting teammates in better position to succeed. Even now he says his happiest times come when he’s holed up in a room watching film, studying the game.
At one point Fletcher mentioned a desire to work in broadcasting.
His wife and three daughters live in Charlotte, N.C., during the season, which was a factor in his decision.
The four-time Pro Bowler will play his last home game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys and end his career on Dec. 29 in a road game against the New York Giants.
“Obviously everyone wants to go out like Ray Lewis with the Super Bowl parade,” Fletcher said. “That would be a great way to go out. But it wasn’t in the cards for me if this is it.”
Nonetheless, leaving a legacy is one of his priorities, which includes training fellow inside linebacker Perry Riley and felt that it had been accomplished.
Fletcher, 38, an undersized linebacker at 5-foot-10, 245 pounds, never missed a game.
He holds the NFL record for consecutive starts by a linebacker with 213 and has played with 254 consecutive games.
Fletcher is the league’s active leader and the fourth player to surpass 250 consecutive games played.
The sixteen-year veteran is also one of six linebackers in NFL history with at least 35 sacks and 20 interceptions.
He made St. Louis’ roster in 1998 as an unknown from Division III John Carroll University in Cleveland and became the team’s defensive leader a year later.
Fletcher played four seasons with the St. Louis Rams, five with the Buffalo Bills and will end up with seven with the Redskins.