London Fletcher’s active NFL record streak of 237 consecutive games played is pretty impressive. What’s perhaps more impressive is the oddity that among those 237 games, the Washington Redskins veteran linebacker has never played one in his hometown of Cleveland.
That’ll change Sunday, but Fletcher’s mind is focused on the game and result, not his homecoming.
“To be going home, it’s always special. Grew up a Browns fans so still like the Browns,” Fletcher said. “But it’s still just another game that we need to win. So I can’t get caught up in any of that.”
Fletcher said pretty much his whole family still lives in Cleveland. He didn’t go to many games as a kid but his Browns fandom is legit.
“Just grew up disliking the Broncos, the Steelers, back then the Bengals. All those teams that were rivals to us,” he said. “Still remember The Drive, The Fumble – all those different plays. I even remember [quarterback] Brian Sipe.”
But that emotional connection doesn’t mean Fletcher, who’s questionable with a lingering left ankle injury, will need to temper his excitement.
“I mean, I’ve played against the Browns before so this is not my first time playing against them. So it’s not a situation where it’s something I’m not used to,” Fletcher said. “But going home, I mean, obviously there’s a little bit of difference. But at the end of the day once the ball is kicked off you’re just playing football and focusing on that.”