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London Fletcher says (probably) farewell

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was in the right place for a storybook ending to his NFL career, he said, just not at the right time.

London Fletcher said his final game at FedEx Field, against Dallas, was more emotional the Sunday's season-ending loss against the Giants. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) London Fletcher said his final game at FedEx Field, against Dallas, was more emotional than Sunday’s season-ending loss against the Giants. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

“My career came to an end in New York the year it [had] the Super Bowl,” Fletcher said. “It feels like we lost the Super Bowl for me. That probably will be my story 20 years from now: I lost my final game in New York the year the Super Bowl was there.”

Fletcher has said he is 99 percent certain he will retire this offseason. If he sticks to that, he played his final game in the Redskins’ 20-6 loss Sunday to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium, site of this season’s Super Bowl.

“All in all it wasn’t the year we had hoped for, finishing the year 3-13, very disappointing,” Fletcher said. “Everybody had high expectations coming in. We just didn’t get the job done collectively as a team. … But all in all I’ve enjoyed my time here in Washington, playing for the Redskins and representing this organization, wanting to leave a legacy, being able to do that. I think I’ve done that. I played 16 years and accomplished what I was able to accomplish. I feel good about that.”

Fletcher has left open the possibility of returning to play a portion of a season for a team under what he would regard as the proper circumstances. His contract is expiring and he is eligible for free agency.

He said playing what was likely his final game at FedEx Field a week earlier, in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, was more difficult for him than Sunday’s season finale.

“Last week was tougher just because knowing that would be my last game in FedEx playing in front of our fans, home game, just having announced it last week [and] the emotions of everybody calling, texting, seeing people around town just kind of congratulating me and things like that,” Fletcher said. “This week was a lot easier with Christmas and all the other stuff you had going on. I didn’t spend as much time really thinking about it.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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