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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Redskins' Fletcher rips Pro Bowl voting process

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I thought Redskins linebacker London Fletcher had the biggest gripe of anyone who was snubbed for the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. Apparently he agrees with me.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fletcher went off on the voting process and took a thinly veiled shot at Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens, who did not make the Pro Bowl squad.

"I don't know if it was because I wasn't a first-round draft pick," said Fletcher. "I don't do some kind of dance when I make a 10-yard tackle, I don't go out and get arrested. I believe in playing the game the way it's supposed to be played. You line up each and every week, each and every play and you go out and get the job done. You look at my body of work and I've done that for 11 years. But because I'm not going out causing a lot of controversy, holding a private meeting with the coordinator saying this, this and this, causing a lot of strife on my team, I don't garner a lot of attention. But when you turn the film on each and every week, each and every play, I'm gonna show up. That's what I do. My career has been Hall of Fame worthy. But some coaches and some players get caught up in the hype readin the newspapers or listening to some national TV game as opposed to watching the game with no sound. It's some BS. I put myself up against anybody playing the position, anybody.

"To have it happen, year after year after year after year, you can't tell me ... an eight-time alternate, c'mon man. That's a trivia question. I'm the Susan Lucci of the NFL. And look at the injury situation, I played with a sprained foot [the past three weeks]. There's a lot of guys that play injured in the National Football League, but there's a lot of guys who would cancel Christmas, so to speak, when they got hurt, meaning they would throw in the towel, 'I'm done. I'm not going to play until I'm completely healthy.'"

What a genius Lucci line from Fletcher. And I couldn't agree with him more. He had an amazing season and he deserves to get in over Jon Beason. Sorry, Panthers fans. Fletcher's been doing it for years -- and this may be the best season of his career.