Biography: Simon Fletcher, LB

Simon Fletcher
Denver Broncos linebacker Simon Fletcher (73) runs in pursuit during an 1987 American Bowl NFL preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams in London on August 9, 1987. The Rams defeated the Broncos 28-27. (AP Photo/NFL Photos)
Simon Fletcher spent his entire 11-year NFL career (1985-95) with the Broncos and finished as the franchise’s all-time sack leader with 97.5 quarterback takedowns.

A member of the Broncos’ 50th Anniversary Team, Fletcher never missed a game in his career, setting a team mark by appearing in 172 consecutive contests. At the conclusion of his career, Fletcher was tied for 13th on the NFL’s all-time sack list. Including his six quarterback takedowns in the postseason, he totaled 103.5 for the Broncos to become just the 11th player in NFL history to reach 100 combined sacks for a single team.

In addition to leading the Broncos in sacks for seven consecutive seasons (1988-94), Fletcher still owns three of the Top 7 single-season sack totals in team history. Fletcher joined Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White as the only players to record double-digit sack totals in five consecutive years from 1989-93. His 66 sacks during that span trailed only White (67) among his NFL counterparts.

Fletcher set an NFL record by posting a sack in 10 consecutive games from 1992-93—a mark that he currently shares with Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware (2007-08 w/Dallas). Along with his sack totals, Fletcher accounted for 851 career tackles (530 solo), two interceptions, 21 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries. A starter on three AFC Championship teams (1986-87, ’89), he totaled 42 tackles (36 solo) and six sacks (23 yds.) in 12 career postseason games.

Fletcher was selected by the Broncos in the second round (54th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft from the University of Houston. He started 33-of-37 games played for the Cougars, accounting for 14 career sacks and 30 tackles for a loss. A graduate of Bay City (Texas) High School, Fletcher was born on Feb. 18, 1962.