And The Man of Year Award Goes To...

London Fletcher!

Washington Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher has been selected as the Redskins’ 2009 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

The Man of the Year honor is the only league award that recognizes player off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence. This year’s finalists — one player from each NFL team — have demonstrated an outstanding balance between civic and professional responsibilities in their lives this season.

Skins defensive coordinator Greg Blache says of Fletcher...
“London’s the consummate professional, a phenomenal man and father. You’d be proud to have him as a son. If he were your brother, your chest would poke out. He’s the coordinator on the field [and] without him we become less of a defense. He’s the heart that pumps energy and leads our defense. He works hard and is always prepared. [He's] the most professional person I’ve ever been around"
On being considered for the award, London humbly told us, "It's an honor to be considered for the NFL Man of the Year. It's something that I appreciate."

London heads his London Bridges Foundation, a non profit organization designed to build standards of education, leadership, teamwork and recreation for today’s youth, with the ultimate goal of instilling the values of volunteerism and philanthropy.

In addition to being the recipient of the 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year, Fletcher was also named to the inaugural USA Football/NFLPA “All-Fundamentals” Team.

This 26-man roster honors the NFL’s most fundamentally-sound players who also commit themselves to service in their communities.

This honor recognizes Fletcher as an example for youth players – particularly linebackers – due to his superior angle tackling. Fletcher leads the Redskins in tackles this year, with 100.

He and his wife Charne welcomed their second child earlier this year.

Fletcher on the 2009 Season

We talked to Fletch to find out what he's most proud of about the team this year. "I'd have to say the fight we have each and every week. How hard we compete."

On not getting the wins this season. "At the end of the day, you're disappointed, extremely. Disheartened. There's a gamut of emotions that you go through."

The Skins are preparing to take on the 4-8 Raiders in Oakland this Sunday in week 14 of NFL action.


rakeback said…
Walter Payton always played the game with heart and passion and never ran out of bounce or went down easy. As a good a player as he was, most say he was a much better man!