Fletcher with the New England Patriots
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|Date of birth:||September 14, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Bozeman, Montana|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||244 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Bozeman (MT)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Dane Fletcher (born September 14, 1986) is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at Montana State, and was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Fletcher also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fletcher was born in Bozeman, Montana and 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.
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.
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. 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
New England Patriots
On May 26, 2015, Fletcher signed with the Patriots for the second time in his career on a one-year deal, however Fletcher would miss the entire 2015 season recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the preseason. Fletcher announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2015 league year and he was subsequently released by the New England Patriots.
- Matson, Barbara (2010-12-25). "Sky’s the limit for Fletcher". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
- "Fletcher returns to Patriots". Weei.com. Retrieved 26 May 2015.