London Fletcher Says He Will Likely Retire After the 2013-14 Season

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2013

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Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher is planning to step away from the NFL once the 2013 season ends, which will happen in two weeks with Washington out of the postseason race.

Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan passed along the defensive stalwart's remarks as he stepped up to the podium to make the announcement:

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington provided a picture of a smiling Fletcher as he let the media in on his decision:

Fletcher made his debut with the St. Louis Rams in 1998. He made a stop with the Buffalo Bills in the middle of his career before moving on to the Redskins, where it appears his NFL journey will come to an end.

The 38-year-old has appeared in four Pro Bowls and captured a Super Bowl title with the Rams. He has also displayed incredible durability, playing in every game from Week 1 in 1998 through Week 15 and counting.

He's no longer the game-changing player he was during his peak seasons, but the veteran is still a reliable member of the Redskins defense. He should eclipse the 100-tackle mark for the 14th straight season against the Dallas Cowboys.

As for why he's deciding to step aside now, Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports Fletcher said he feels he's accomplished everything he set out to:

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman believes Fletcher will finish his career as one of the greatest players to ever suit up on Sundays:

It's unfortunate Fletcher is going to step away after such a forgettable season in Washington. But if nothing else, the season is a testament to the linebacker's career—as other things were falling apart around him, he continued to produce.

Eventually, his outstanding career should be rewarded with a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.