He once called himself “the Susan Lucci of the NFL.” Now London Fletcher can finally call himself a Pro Bowler.
For the first time in his career, Fletcher is heading to the Pro Bowl. Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints had been elected to play in the game this coming weekend in South Florida, but he traded that chance in for an opportunity to partake in the Super Bowl.
That opens up a roster spot. Fletcher will replace Vilma, becoming the second Redskins
player on the team. Rookie Brian Orakpo is the other.
That was not the only good news Fletcher received this weekend. He also learned he is up for an award based in part on what he does off the football field. Fletcher was nominated for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
The award is named for the late Hall of Fame running back. Each year the league gives it to someone who combines on-field excellence with community service. Fletcher’s charity is called the “London’s Bridge Foundation.” It provides help to children in need in several cities, including Washington.
The other finalists for the award are Browns wide receiver Mike Furrey and Chiefs offensive lineman Brian Waters. The winner will be announced before the Super Bowl on February 7.
Published at 8:08 AM EDT on Jan 25, 2010