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You'd be hard-pressed to find a better person in the NFL's history than London Fletcher. Fletcher is a three-time finalist for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award (as many nominations as Pro Bowl appearances and yet probably the bigger snub).
This year, Fletcher won the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award for outstanding character and leadership on the field and in the community. Past winners include Darrell Green, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner and Reggie White.
Fletcher has contributed off-the-field with his involvement in, "the Redskins’ Harvest Feast, the “Stuff a Backpack” School Supply Drive, The Children’s Inn and visits to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in addition to starting his own non-profit in 2003, London's Bridge Foundation.
The Ohio based non-profit helps underprivileged and underrepresented youth in his hometown Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, DC; Buffalo, NY and Charlotte, NC.
The foundation helps children through mentoring and charitable programs to instill the core values of good citizenship and public service by building a foundation for, "standards of education, leadership, teamwork, health and fitness."
Fletcher is one of the rare athletes in today's NFL that doesn't worry fans and the organization when they're off the field. His integrity and humility are things that Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen hope are contagious. For the 2012 season, rookie franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III's locker has been placed directly next to London Fletcher's.
Fletcher has been mentoring youths off the field since 2003 and the Washington Redskins hope he can successfully mentor the leader of the team's youth movement in RGIII.
Many voters may not see London Fletcher as Hall of Fame worthy soon after his retirement and there will be plenty of detractors when he eventually gets elected. But one thing no one can argue is that London Fletcher is a hall of fame person which is something the sports world could use more of.
For more on the London's Bridge Foundation, please visit londonsbridge.org.
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