You know what? I’m going to be mad for London Fletcher.
He may be over it, but the fact that he will not be at the Pro Bowl has got to be an indicator of the league’s love for making ratings rather than giving credit to where it’s due. Fletcher represents how we should all take being looked over: Professional, encouraging to others, and positive.
His recent tweet about the issue:
I’m still mad though.
It was announced recently the 49er’s Patrick Willis (Stats, bio) and Chicago’s Bryan Urlacher (Stats, bio) got the nod, which leaves the leader in tackles for the season out of the conversation.
London has a right to be at that game. Yeah, I know it’s not the Super Bowl. This is about principle.
What does it take to get to the Pro Bowl? How much more does London Fletcher have to do?
Let’s see: 163 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two sacks.
Bryan Urlacher: 92 tackles, no forced fumbles, three interceptions, no sacks.
Patrick Willis: 93 tackles, four forced fumbles, 1 interception. Put them both together and they may average out to another version of London Fletcher.
But we all know why Bryan Urlacher is there: Because when you say “Da Bears” you say “Urlacher!”
You know I’m right. Bryan has a cult following in Chicago, but I expect nothing less. He’s put the city on his back. Patrick Willis is on a 49ers team that hasn’t seen this much excitement since the 90s, since Deon Sanders was playing, since the Dallas Cowboys was coined “America’s team”. Add those factors together and it doesn’t leave much room for a player from a team who can’t break past seven wins.
However, Fletcher needs to be there. His personal drive to keep his career at a dominating level earns him the right to be there. His absence will send a message that no matter how much you work, it’s not what you do, but who you do it with, and that’s sad.