|Full name||Dustin Andrew Fletcher|
|Date of birth||7 May 1975|
|Original team||Western Jets (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||(F/S), 1992 National Draft|
|Height/Weight||198cm / 93kg|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Dustin Andrew Fletcher (born 7 May 1975) is an Australian rules footballer with the Essendon Football Club. He is known as one of the finest defenders in the history of the Australian Football League (AFL).
AFL career: 1993–present
Fletcher was recruited by the Bombers in the 1992 AFL Draft, he played his first game for Essendon against rivals Carlton in his senior year of high school, while attending Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School.
Fletcher was a member of Essendon's 1993 premiership team in his first AFL season, a team which is commonly referred to as the "Baby Bombers". He also played in the club's 2000 premiership win, in which he received the Crichton Medal.
Fletcher and his father, Ken, currently hold the record for the most VFL/AFL games played by a father and son, with 642 games between them. He played his 300th AFL game in Round 5, 2009, against Collingwood.
Fletcher overtook a long-standing record of 320 AFL games held by Dick Reynolds in Round 9, 2010, which gave him the second most games for the Essendon Football Club. He currently shares the outright record of 378 AFL games with Simon Madden.
Fletcher also holds the record of being the most watched AFL footballer of all time, with a cumulative attendance of 18,271,064 spectators at matches in which he has played from 1993 to 2013. He played his 350th AFL match in Round 3, 2012, against the Gold Coast Suns.
At 38 (as of September 2013), Fletcher is currently the oldest player in the AFL and is also the only player remaining from Essendon's 1993 and 2000 premiership sides still playing. He played his 21st AFL season in 2013 after signing a one year contract.
Fletcher will continue at Essendon for a 22nd season, having signed a one-year contract to play in 2014.
Fletcher's execution of the torpedo punt was often used as a set-play clearing strategy by coach Kevin Sheedy. In a game in 2007, he kicked a torpedo punt goal from more than 70 meters. According to The Sunday Age, it was the fifth longest kick in the history of the VFL/AFL.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Anderson, Jon (27 May 2010). "Pick 1: Fletcher or Scarlett?". Herald Sun.
- "Fletcher primed for happy 21st". AFL. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
- Spits, Scott (2 October 2014). "Dustin Fletcher to play in 2014". The Age. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
- Clough, Michael (24 April 2007). "AFL Round 4 Review". Ohmy News. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Sunday Age, sport section, back page, 22 April 2007.
- "Dustin Fletcher statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Dustin Fletcher of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- Dustin Fletcher's profile on the official website of the Essendon Football Club
- Dustin Fletcher's statistics from AFL Tables
|Essendon Best and Fairest winner