With Peyton Manning’s consecutive games played streak set to end this Sunday, Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and Tampa Bay cornerback Rhonde Barber remain as the league’s active ironmen.
Fletcher, Barber and Manning concluded the 2010 season having played 208 consecutive games. On Sunday, Fletcher and Barber’s streak extends to 209 games, while Manning sits out after undergoing a second neck surgery this week, ending a streak of 227 straight starts.
But Fletcher says remaining in the ironman club isn’t all that special in his mind.
“Nah, not really,” he said. “I just kinda worry about playing the next game. Never focus on that.”
Fletcher said he was surprised to see Manning’s streak come to an end, however.
“I expected him to break Favre’s record,” Fletcher said of the quarterback’s 297 consecutive games played.
When asked about his secret, Fletcher — who as a linebacker plays a more physical position than both Manning and Barber — said, “I don’t know that it’s difficult. It’s just about listening to your body, doing the things you need to get ready to play on Sunday, and I’ve been blessed with some good genes by the Good Lord.”