Fletcher was indignant a year ago, calling himself "Hall of Fame worthy" and comparing himself to the soap opera star who was nominated 18 times for an Emmy before finally winning.
This time, he's holding out hope that he can still make it because he's a first alternate for the first time in his career. He's usually a second or third alternate.
"You can get caught up with what you don't have that you lose sight of what you do have," Fletcher said Wednesday. "I'm still holding out hope that maybe something happens where I'm able to get in there. Maybe one of those guys decides, 'You know what? Hey, let's let this guy go in.' I'm not disappointed. I'm still considered one of the top middle linebackers in the game, and that's all you can do."
Fletcher said it wouldn't diminish the accomplishment if he got in because someone else had to drop out.
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