Another announcement of Pro Bowl selections means another snub for MLB London Fletcher. This is not becoming a trend-it is a trend where one of the most underrated, yet productive linebackers in NFL history gets overlooked for the annual All-Star game to honor the elite. Fletcher was named an alternate for the NINTH time in his career which basically means he’s the default option if those ahead of him can’t make it to the game. Well I’m not even going to make a case for London Fletcher for the Pro Bowl; instead I will make a case for him to be a Hall of Famer whenever his playing days come to an end.
Here are just some of the notable accomplishments of London Fletcher:
- After this Sunday he will have 192 consecutive games played which is the second most ever by an inside LB (Marvcus Patton had 208).
- Over 1300 total tackles since 2000 which is nearly 200 more than Ray Lewis who has the second most from 2000-2009.
- One of 4 active players and one of 13 players all-time with 30 sacks and 15 interceptions.
- One of 11 players to have 5.5 sacks and 4 INTs in the same season.
- Only player with at least 100 tackles in every season since 2000.
There are currently 66 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame whose primary position was on defense. Of those 66 players, every single one of them made the Pro Bowl at least once in their career. Now about to finish his 12th season at the age of 34, chances are running out for this underappreciated player to get a Pro Bowl nod. With the likes of Willis, Beason, Tatupu, Vilma, Laurinaitis and more; the NFC is stacked with young, talented inside LBs who receive (some undeservingly) more media attention than Fletcher. After being passed over for the Pro Bowl after the 2008 season, Fletcher lashed out at the players, coaches, and media for being snubbed yet again. In my opinion as an unbiased fan, the best way to make up for all these years of being overlooked despite being deserving is to give Fletcher something else he also deserves: a spot in the Hall of Fame.