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CLEVELAND (AP) — London Fletcher looked down and traced his unlikely path to football stardom.
From more than 1,000 feet above his hometown, Fletcher gazed out one of the Goodyear Blimp’s gondola windows and memories flashed before him.
Below, he could see his childhood home on Giddings Road, where life was often difficult. Not far away near the southern shore of Lake Erie sits Villa Angela-St. Joseph, the high school where he starred as a linebacker and point guard on two state title basketball teams.
Fletcher, who played 16 seasons in the NFL for St. Louis, Buffalo and Washington, eventually soared over John Carroll University, his beloved alma mater where on this sunny final Friday in September a group of students stood on the school’s football field and saluted their famous alum.
They held a sign in JCU’s colors that said: “Congrats London.”
“That was amazing,” Fletcher said following his sentimental sky ride. “The surprise of a lifetime.”
It’s been an emotional whirlwind lately for Fletcher, who was enshrined last week in the Redskins’ Ring of Honor. He’ll soon become a member of the College
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