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Edited by Kostya Kennedy
October 10, 2005
WITH London Fletcher, Bills Linebacker
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October 10, 2005

The Questions

WITH London Fletcher, Bills Linebacker

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

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.

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

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