Friday, May 27, 2011

London Fletcher preparing for worst

St. Joseph and John Carroll graduate London Fletcher relayed a message NFL fans probably don't want to hear.

The Washington Redskins linebacker and the rest of the NFL Players Association won't budge as they continue to be locked out by NFL owners. So much so Fletcher and the rest of the players are willing to sacrifice the entire 2011 season.

“Absolutely. It’s not just about me,” Fletcher told the Washington Post about missing the entire season. “It’s about the players who’ve played before me and the players who will come after me. It’s really about making sure and assuring that if my son wants to come play football in the National Football League later on in life that I’ve done all I can to make it and his life and experience in the NFL the best ... that it possibly can be. And then make sure that we do as much as we can for the players who’ve come before us, who’ve played the game before us, whose shoulders we stand on. If it means that we have to sit out a year — obviously that’s not what we want to do."

“This is not a strike that we’re imposing. They’ve imposed a lockout on us. You have to ask the owners are they prepared to have it where we don’t have a season. Are they prepared to give up this great game and deprive the fans of this sport for a full year? It’s not about us as players. We’re ready to play. We’re ready to play under the conditions that we’ve played under in the past. Or just let us go play football and they’ll figure that part out later.”

- Mark Podolski


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