Hat Tip: PFT.
Fairly heavy reading in this Morning's Post on London Fletcher and his background. I went into the story knowing that he'd gone through hardship in life but the details damn near leveled me. I think reader(s) interested in one of the newest members of Your Washington Redskins should read the entire article (which is four pages long; prepare yourself) and so I won't steal the entire story. Let me simply say that Fletcher suffered through a tragic childhood and miraculously escaped a cycle of violence and drugs (he was raised in) thanks largely to altruism of others and Fletcher's own pertinacity. It's pretty heavy.
As this is a Football Blog (though I have enormous respect for what Fletcher has done in his personal life) I'd like to focus on the related Football news. The article paints a picture of a guy who was born to lead and succeed even while the world around him is so bleak. And the people who know him closest and who have aided him along the way all unanimously sing his praises:
That he would be a natural football player was not a surprise to many people. Even Isaac and Moran had been telling him he was too aggressive for basketball. Moran would watch him on the court, pushing defenders, struggling to fit within the confines of the game and believed he needed a bigger field.
After his first Rams minicamp, it was clear he had won over Vermeil, the team's coach. "I love the underdog," Vermeil said.
By the end of training camp the player who was considered the most outlandish of possibilities was not only a regular on the Rams' special teams, he was the special teams captain.
Dick Vermeil on Fletcher's leadership:
A year later, Fletcher was starting for a team that won the Super Bowl, prompting Vermeil to declare that whatever quarterback Kurt Warner meant to the St. Louis offense, Fletcher meant to the defense.