The DC Touchdown Club will honor Pro Bowl linebacker London Fletcher and a Mount Rushmore of local coaching legends at its Awards Dinner on Thursday, March 6 at Carmine’s (425 7th Street NW).
Tickets are available at DCTouchdownClub.com
An undrafted free agent out of John Carroll, Fletcher became the NFL’s ironman and recently completed his 16th season, seventh with the Washington Redskins. He has played in 256 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in league history and most ever by an undrafted defensive player. His 216 consecutive starts is the longest streak ever for a linebacker. With the Redskins, he was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and in 2012, Fletcher was presented the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award, given to an NFL player who best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community.
Three men who know about character and leadership will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award as the DC Touchdown Club celebrates “The Year of the Coach”: Jim Fegan of Georgetown Prep, Joe Gallagher of St. John’s and Willie Stewart of Anacostia.
Fegan coached at Georgetown Prep from 1971 to 1996, guiding his teams to a record of 239-62-12 with 14 Interstate Athletic Conference championships and nine unbeaten seasons.
Gallagher, perhaps better known for his exploits as a basketball coach, led the St. John’s football team from 1947 to 1967, with a record of 172-32-10 and a remarkable eight City Title championships.
Stewart first was a head coach at Eastern from 1976 to 1980, then moved to Anacostia, where he was the head coach until 2009. In all, Stewart’s teams played in 13 D.C. Turkey Bowl championship games, winning seven.
The DC Touchdown Club also will present Timmie Awards to the top local high school players and coach and the local college player of the year.
DeMatha linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley, who has signed with Purdue, is the Maryland High School Player of the Year. H.D. Woodson wide receiver-defensive back D’Andre Payne, who has enrolled at Tennessee, is the D.C. High School Player of the Year. Briar Woods quarterback Trace McSorley, who has signed with Penn State, is the Virginia High School Player of the Year.
The Washington Metro Coach of the Year is Centreville’s Chris Haddock, who led the Wildcats to a 15-0 season and the Virginia 6A championship.
The Washington Metro College Player of the Year is Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.
Formed in 2013 with the goal of recreating the good feelings of its predecessor of the Touchdown Club of Washington, the DC Touchdown Club aims to honor the best and brightest in the Washington-area football community, with events spaced throughout the year and highlighted by an annual Awards Dinner. The DC Touchdown Club seeks to create an atmosphere that will provide members with entertaining and educational engagements throughout the year, while also creating a significant philanthropic impact.