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Dane Fletcher

Dane Fletcher
Fletcher in the 2013 NFL postseason.
No. 50     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-14) September 14, 1986
Place of birth: Bozeman, Montana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: Montana State
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2010 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
Tackles 104
Sacks 4.5
Interceptions 1
Forced fumbles 4
Stats at NFL.com

Dane Fletcher (born September 14, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Montana State.

Early years

Fletcher was born Bozeman, Montana. He attended Bozeman High School, where he played football as a linebacker and tight end. At linebacker, he was a first-team all-state selection; at tight end, he was an honorable mention all-state selection. He also played ice hockey and baseball as a catcher. Fletcher's parents are well known throughout the Bozeman community and own a local cheese burger joint and a bar.

College career

Following high school, Fletcher attended Montana State University on partial scholarship where he redshirted in 2005. After playing on special teams as a freshman, in 2006. Fletcher played as a defensive end and in 2007 he recorded 51 tackles and three sacks, as well as a Big Sky Conference-high 19 tackles for a loss. In 2008 Fletcher missed three games but finished the season with 6.5 sacks. As a redshirt senior in 2009 Fletcher was named team captain and finished the season with 67 tackles, seven sacks, and two blocked kicks, earning first-team All-Big Sky honors as well as being named the Big Sky Defensive MVP. He was also named as a finalist for the Buck Buchanon Award which is given to the top defensive player in NCAA Division I FCS.

He was also on the Bozeman Icedogs junior hockey team, but decided to focus on football full-time.[1]

Professional career

New England Patriots

After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Fletcher signed with the New England Patriots. Fletcher became one of two undrafted rookies to make the Patriots' opening day roster, although he was inactive for the first three games of the 2010 season. In Week 4, Fletcher made his NFL debut against the Miami Dolphins. In Week 6, Fletcher saw his first considerable action on defense as a reserve against the Baltimore Ravens. The next week against the San Diego Chargers, Fletcher forced his first career fumble. In Week 15, Fletcher's late-fourth quarter sack of Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, the first of Fletcher's career, helped thwart a Packers drive and preserve a Patriots win.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said the following of Fletcher in December 2010:

Fletcher finished his 2010 rookie season with 23 tackles and two sacks in 13 games played, all as a reserve.

In 2011 Fletcher has recorded 10 tackles so far throughout week 13 of the NFL season. Dane has had limited time though due to a thumb injury that has kept him out for 6 weeks this season. In Super Bowl XLVI, he recorded one tackle as the Patriots lost to the New York Giants 21-17.

He was waived/injured on August 14, 2012, and subsequently reverted to injured reserve.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On March 16, 2014 Fletcher signed a one-year $1.2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Matson, Barbara (2010-12-25). "Sky’s the limit for Fletcher".  
  2. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2014/03/dane_fletcher_signs_with_buccaneers.html

External links

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers bio
  • New England Patriots bio
  • Montana State Bobcats bio
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