ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — If London Fletcher is able to play Monday night against the New York Giants, his consecutive games streak will extend to 236.
But he’s not really concerned about it. He couldn’t care less. In fact, the man considered to be the Cal Ripken of the NFL is not even thinking about adding another game to his tally.
“It is an honor, but I don’t think about it as much as people probably think I do,” Fletcher said during an appearance on 4th & Pain, a radio show hosted by teammate Adam Carriker and I. “Often times I’m not really aware of it until somebody mentions it to me.”
Fletcher tweaked a previously sprained ankle during the Redskins’ Thanksgiving win over the Dallas Cowboys, leaving his status for 236 again in doubt — if there is such a thing with him.
“It seems like recently more people are starting to talk about it,” he said while beginning to chuckle.. “I’ve had some injuries recently, too. So it’s just like, ‘You know what? Stop talking about the whole consecutive game thing.’ If it were up to me we wouldn’t talk about it all.”
Jokes aside, the 37-year-old has earned the admiration of his teammates, leaving some in awe of his drive to compete.
Carriker, who was placed on injured reserve after tearing his quad tendon in Week 2, recalls a time last season when even he wondered if Fletcher would be able to play on Sunday. The banged up team held walkthrough practices in order to limit the risk of further injury.
“We would watch film of the walkthroughs and I’d be watching London and it was like the dude couldn’t even do a walkthrough,” Carriker said. “He didn’t look that good, to be honest. And then come out on Sunday, he’s out there flying around making plays. It was insane.”
Still laughing, Fletcher replied: “I still feel the same way. Right now I feel terrible!”
See you Monday night, London.