Uh… (cough cough)… What about London Fletcher’s consecutive game streak?

Before the season began, you couldn’t click on a national football website without seeing some sort of headline about Peyton Manning’s consecutive game streak possibly coming to an end.  If you include the playoffs, Manning played in a very impressive 227 straight games.  I don’t think I’ve ever gone 227 consecutive days without taking a sick day at my various office jobs, so the point of this isn’t to minimize Manning’s streak.  However, in terms of “football toughness,” Manning’s streak doesn’t even come remotely close the streak of 222 games that London Fletcher has put together since 1998.

Since 1998, London Fletcher has made 1714 tackles.  He’s taken on countless fullbacks and pulling guards in the hole.  Early in his career, he busted wedges on kickoff coverage.  He’s as violent a player (legally) as this generation has seen, and to stay healthy for 222 straight games at the middle linebacker position in today’s NFL is almost unthinkable.   Meanwhile, Manning had gone through his share of games without ever being touched.  A look at Fletcher’s career numbers:

London Fletcher Games Tackles Sacks FF FR INT
1998 16 14 0 0 0 0
1999 16 90 3 0 0 0
2000 16 132 5.5 1 0 4
2001 16 116 4.5 4 0 2
2002 16 147 3 2 2 0
2003 16 133 2 0 1 0
2004 16 142 3.5 2 1 0
2005 16 157 4 1 2 1
2006 16 146 2 0 1 4
2007 16 128 0 0 1 3
2008 16 133 0.5 1 1 0
2009 16 142 2 1 0 1
2010 16 136 2.5 3 3 1
2011 6 43 0.5 1 0 1
Playoffs (’99-’01, ’07) 8 55 1 0 0 0
TOTALS 222 1714 34 16 12 17

Manning and Fletcher both entered the league in 1998.  Manning was the #1 overall pick, and has become one of the faces (if not the THE face) of the NFL, so the attention he received for his streak is understandable.  Fletcher, meanwhile, was an undrafted free agent out of tiny John Carroll University that had to scratch and claw his way onto an NFL roster.  For years and years, Fletcher was snubbed for the Pro Bowl, despite putting up numbers that are right in line with what Ray Lewis has done over his spectacular career in Baltimore.

Fletcher’s streak might come to an end this week in Toronto, when the Redskins take on the Bills, and yet, the minimal attention for one of the best defenders of the past decade continues:

ESPN.com/nfl – Nothing on Fletcher.

NFL.com – Nothing on Fletcher.

Pro Football Talk’s Redskins page – All sorts of stuff on Chris Cooley’s”victim of the lockout” comments, nothing on Fletcher.

It simply amazes me that London Fletcher isn’t a household name.

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  11. […] London Fletcher was listed as questionable, potentially ending his streak of 222 consecutive games played.  So much for that.  He played every […]

  12. Anders says:

    London Fletcher is the only player from the Redskins over the last many seasons, I wish the Eagles had instead.

  13. one.cool.customer says:

    Nice catch and good find.

    Remember those three coins? When you started this blog you gave yourself three coins to use when you’d write a homer piece on the Eagles. Well, those coins are long used up, and if this were the real world, you’d be the blog equivalent of Greece.

    But for this piece on Fletcher, you get a coin back.

  14. Jason-E says:

    Jason LaConfora said on twitter that fletcher is a go for Sunday.

    1. Gotcha, thanks for the heads up.

      1. Jason-E says:

        Just the same, main-stream sports media should be talking about this guy. I have loved/hated/feared Fletcher for years, and yet you never hear about him outside of NFC East circles. He’s a future hall of famer, and yet probably not, because no one pays attention to the guy.

  15. giants fan says:

    That’s pretty crazy. He’s a hell of a player.

  16. Smitty2K3 says:

    Well done, Jimmy. Fletcher definitely deserves some big-time recognition for this if he sits (or even if he doesn’t). And those career, year-by-year numbers you posted are absolutely ridiculous.

    For some reason, he’s a guy that’s hard to hate.

  17. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

    London Fletcher: great player. Thanks for making me aware of this streak. Perhaps the most under appreciated player of the last decade. The Redskins still blow.

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