When I think of the Pro Bowl, I think of my kids playing NFL on xbox or playstation. Except, you can play whomever you want on your your favorite team. Kind of like Fantasy Football just a lot more meaningless.
This year I do have one exception to that meaningless statement. London Fletcher.
This guy is nothing short of amazing both on and off the field and it looks like he is finally getting the recognition he deserves with both playing in the Pro Bowl and being nominated for the Payton Award.
If you ever want an example of a true team leader, a role model, this guy is your man.
Just some little info from Wikipedia…
High School: won varsity letters in football and basketball. He played on two state championship basketball teams.
College: played both basketball and football. As a senior, he had 202 tackles (a school-record) and was named the Division III National Linebacker of the Year.
Professional: He was one of the two rookie free agents to make Rams’ opening day roster, he played in all 16 regular season games, starting the season finale at San Francisco. Fletcher earned the Rams Rookie of the Year Award as teams’ Rookie of the Year
on Bills defense, setting a career high and franchise record with 209 tackles, breaking the old mark of 206 set by Chris Spielman in 1996. He also was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate eight times.
Nominated as their Walter Payton Man of the Year Award representative.
Named co-winner of the B.J. Blanchard Award, along with quarterback Jason Campbell, an honor given annually to a Redskins player who best helps the local media.
Fletcher once considered himself the NFL version of Susan Lucci, who won a Daytime Emmy after 18 tries.
Though Susan Lucci never hit like this…
Or like this…
Or breakup pass plays like this…