Former Buffalo Bills linebacker London Fletcher is one of 28 semifinalists for the 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class, the NFL announced Tuesday afternoon.
Fletcher spent 16 seasons (1998-2013) as an NFL linebacker for three different franchises. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent and was signed by the St. Louis Rams to a one-year, $158,000 contract. In 1999 with St. Louis, Fletcher started at linebacker in Super Bowl XXXIV and recorded 11 total tackles as the Rams beat the Titans 23-16.
Fletcher went on to sign a five-year, $17.12 million contract with the Bills in 2002 and included a signing bonus of $4 million. With the Bills, Fletcher was one of the most productive linebackers in the NFL, starting all 16 games in the five seasons he played in Buffalo (2002-2006).
Fletcher recorded 730 total tackles as a Bill, as well as 14.5 sacks and 5 interceptions. He was named a 2007 Pro Bowl alternate in his final season as a Bill.
In the 2007 offseason, Fletcher went on to sign a five-year, $25 million contract with Washington where he finished out his career. In Washington, he made four Pro Bowls (2009-2012) and two Second Team All Pro selections.
Fletcher finished his career with 2,039 tackles, 39 sacks and 23 interceptions.
The 28 Semifinalists will be reduced again — to 15 Finalists — before the final voting process for the Class of 2023.