The Washington Redskins are amidst one of the most vast and critical transitions in franchise history.
A multi-decade drought has caused groundbreaking change in a universal youth movement centered around quarterback Robert Griffin III. With so many fresh faces, a need for veteran leadership is essential.
And London Fletcher is the perfect man for the job.
The placement of RGIII's locker next to Fletcher's was no coincidence. In fact, I'd be surprised if there was any question at all as to who the organization wanted mentoring their new franchise centerpiece.
The 14-year veteran has been nothing less than a model of consistency throughout the entirety of his NFL career. As an undrafted free agent out of John Carroll University (Div. III), the undersized 5'10" linebacker has overcome many obstacles on his path to an unforeseen Hall of Fame career.
Perhaps more impressive than Fletcher's performance on the football field has been his demeanor off of it. The 37-year-old Cleveland native has been recognized multiple times for his charity work over the course of his career, and even his opponents will tell you there are few better personalities league-wide.
Countless high-profile veteran names have stopped through D.C. during his stint as a Redskin. But none have had the impact that Fletcher has had on both the team and the community.
His consistent production and unteachable leadership qualities are invaluable to a team amidst a rebuilding process. Yet those are only a couple of reasons London Fletcher is Washington's most important veteran.
Here are a few more.