The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has opened online fan voting for the 2012 NFLPA PULSE Awards, and Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is a nominee for the “Heart of the Game” award.
Here is his accompanying biographic information.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection and 2011 PULSE nominee for the same category, London Fletcher (LB) has established a strong, persistent defensive presence around the league. He signed with St. Louis as an undrafted free agent in 1998 and was named Rookie of the Year by the Rams.
Since then, Fletcher has enjoyed 14 years of excellence – not missing a single game. Fletcher played in two Super Bowls with St. Louis and took home one championship before moving to Buffalo and then Washington, where he is now serving his fifth season as the team’s defensive captain. He has racked up the most tackles among active players and is the only player with more than 100 tackles in each of the past 11 seasons. Fletcher was also named to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King All-Decade team (2000s).
Off the field, Fletcher is equally as acclaimed. He has served as a spokesman and ambassador for several charities across the nation, and his London’s Bridge Foundation has provided aid and refuge to underprivileged children in the Cleveland, Buffalo, Charlotte and Washington areas since 2003. His foundation aids youth in providing test preparation, college tours and scholarships, as well as fitness promotion and the donation of sports equipment. Programs include the creation of London’s Brigade mentoring network and field trips to BET, Capitol Hill and the Newseum. As a result of his philanthropic efforts, Fletcher was a nominee for the Special Olympics DC Athletes’ Choice Award at the 2010 NFL PLAYERS Gala and a finalist for the 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
But this is the man in his own, inspired words:
He is up against Ravens’ safety Ed Reed, Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, Colts’ center Jeff Saturday, and Patriots’ tackle Matt Light.
Register to vote at PULSEAwards.com and vote up to five times per day through mid-December. All who register will be eligible to win prizes, and have the pleasure of ensuring Fletcher’s due credit.