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Fletcher started in the NFL as an undrafted free agent rookie for the Saint Louis Rams in 1998. Though he spent his rookie season as a reserve, he impressed the organization enough to be named Rams Rookie of the Year that year.
He started the next year, and has started every game but once since. Ever durable, Fletcher has played in every 208 games possible in his career. After helping the Rams win Super Bowl XXXIV, he joined the Buffalo Bills as a free agent and stayed there five seasons before becoming a member of the Washington Redskins in 2007.
Though he made his first two Pro Bowl squads the last two years, Fletcher is the most complete middle linebacker Washington has had since Harold McLinton. McLinton was the Redskins starting middle linebacker for most of his 10-year career from 1969 to 1978 before being killed by a reckless driver as he helped a stranger change a flat tire on a highway.
No player accumulated more tackles than Fletcher from 2000 to 2009, and this includes more media lauded players like Ray Lewis and more. All Fletcher does in pile up tackles game after game without missing any time because of injuries.
He isn't just great against the run. In 2010, his 12 defended passes was tied with Takeo Spikes as the third most by all NFL linebackers. He led all NFL linebackers in the category in 2006.
Besides 16 career interceptions and three touchdowns in his career, Fletcher has also recorded two safeties.
He has a knack for diagnosing the right defensive action and is often seen around the football. While severely underrated because his not boisterous nor loud-mouthed to seek attention, his numbers show he is one of the best middle linebackers out there.
This was proven further in 2010, when the Redskins switched to a 3-4 defense. He finished seventh in the NFL with 136 tackles, and has been one of the NFL's top six tacklers seven times since 2002.