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THE QUESTIONS

Oct. 10, 2005
Oct. 10, 2005

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Oct. 10, 2005

SI Players: Life on and off the Field
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THE QUESTIONS

WITH London Fletcher, Bills Linebacker

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

What was your welcome-to-the-NFL moment?

This is an article from the Oct. 10, 2005 issue Original Layout

My first preseason game, with the Rams in 1998. We played the Broncos at home, and the crowd was into it. I was on the kickoff coverage team, and when I sprinted downfield, there was a huge adrenaline rush. I couldn't believe the speed of the game. I ran into the wedge and knocked down [the ballcarrier]. I found out later I'd been on the JumboTron.

What is your favorite off-day activity?

Basketball. I play pickup games at rec centers. Guys raise their intensity if they know what I do for a living ... but I went to college on a basketball scholarship. I can hold my own.

Most treasured possession?

You have to be careful about treasuring things, but ... my Bible. It was given to me in 2000, but I didn't start reading it until a few years later. It tells me how to live. I can't survive without it.

If I were commissioner for a day I'd ...

take away all the rules that protect the quarterback.

LAST WEEK
Fletcher, 30, the NFL's top tackler since 2000, had nine in a loss to the Saints.

THIS WEEK
Bills host the Dolphins. In two wins over Miami last year Fletcher, 5'10", 245, had 12 tackles and forced a fumble.

PHOTOANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES (FLETCHER IN ACTION)PHOTOROBERT SKEOCH/WIREIMAGE.COM (FLETCHER HEAD SHOT)