London Fletcher, an NFL veteran, has announced his plans for retirement right after this year's season earlier today.
38-year-old Fletcher has participated in 254 consecutive games and it looks almost certain that his record will round up to 256.
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The Redskins linebacker with a whopping 16-year history in NFL announced that he is "99 percent certain" that he will be retiring after the end of Washington's season next week.
If the NFL veteran makes good with his words, it would be the first time the Redskins would be opening the 2014 season without him in the starting lineup ever since joining the team in 2007. Fletcher had not missed a game since Buffalo in 2004.
"I feel like I've accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish," shared London Fletcher, who further explained that he will confirm his final move concerning the retirement after discussing the matter with his wife once more.
This Sunday's game will be groundbreaking for Fletcher, as it will be his 214th straight start -- a feat among linebackers. The NFL veteran only needs two tackles over Washington's last two games to boost his record with a 14th straight 100-tackle season.
"What every player wants to do is to leave a legacy," said London Fletcher.
If Fletcher does retire next year, he could become eligible for a spot in the Hall of Fame in five years' time. The Hall's rules dictate that for a player to be inducted, he needs to be retired for at least five years which means that the NFL star's opportunity to be listed with the greats would come in 2019.
Before the start of the current season, London Fletcher expressed his desire to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in an NFL Network interview.
Many also support Fletcher in this, mainly because of his admirable longevity. Aside from the consecutive-games run, London Fletcher has also won a Super Bowl XXXIV ring as part of the St. Louis Rams and has been named to four Pro Bowls.