LaRon Landry

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LaRon Landry
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Landry with the Redskins in 2011
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Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1984-10-14) October 14, 1984 (age 37)
Metairie, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: Boutte (LA) Hahnville
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2007  / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:559
Sacks:8.0
Forced fumbles:10
Fumble recoveries:5
Interceptions:6
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

LaRon Louis Landry (born October 14, 1984) is a former American football safety. He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), and earned consensus All-American honors. The Washington Redskins drafted him with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. He also played for the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.

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Early years

Landry was born in Metairie, Louisiana to parents Frank and Rhonda Landry. He has two siblings, Derik and Dawan; who was a former NFL safety. Landry was raised in Ama, Louisiana, and attended Hahnville High School in Boutte. Rivals.com ranked him the No. 5 high school athlete in the country. [1]

College career

Landry attended Louisiana State University, where he majored in communication studies and played for coach Nick Saban and coach Les Miles's LSU Tigers football teams from 2003 to 2006. Credited with 48 straight starts for the Tigers, Landry finished his career with 315 tackles and 12 interceptions. His 12 interceptions left him with the third-highest total in school history, while his 315 tackles rank seventh in LSU history.

2003 season

Landry made an immediate impact at LSU, starting ten games as a true freshman in 2003 while helping the Tigers win the BCS National Championship. He recorded 80 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, four pass-breakups, and one blocked kick. [2] Landry was named to the Freshman All-SEC team, Second Team All-SEC and the First-Team Freshman All-American Team.

2004 season

During his sophomore season, the Tigers finished 16th in the nation, but Landry's standing remained high again. He was named to the All-SEC second team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Landry started all twelve games, finishing the season with 92 total tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, four interceptions, six pass-breakups, and one forced fumble. [2]

2005 season

In 2005, LSU won the SEC Western Division and the Peach Bowl over Miami. Landry registered 70 total tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, three interceptions, and eight pass-breakups. [2] Landry was named a First-Team All-SEC and Third-Team All-American by the Associated Press and First-Team All-SEC by the SEC coaches.

Professional career

2007 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
HeightWeight 40-yard dash 10-yard split20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
4.35 s1.47 s2.52 s4.36 s7.11 s38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
All values from NFL Combine

2007 NFL Draft

The Washington Redskins selected Landry in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft with the sixth overall pick. He was one of four LSU players taken in the first round of that draft, along with quarterback JaMarcus Russell, and wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis. On July 22, the Redskins signed Landry to a five-year, $41.5 million contract that included $17.5 million in guarantees.

Washington Redskins

2007 season

At the beginning of the 2007 season, Landry was immediately named the starting strong safety opposite Pro Bowl free safety Sean Taylor. The combination at the safety position would be known to Redskins fans as "Area 51", a name derived from the combination of the numbers "21" and "30", the numbers of Taylor and Landry respectively. [3] Landry proved his worth throughout the year without collecting an interception during the regular season, though he was noted for having a problem with disregarding coverage and going for the big hit. He recorded his first half sack in just the second week of the season and recorded his first unassisted sack on November 4 during a week 9 game against the New York Jets after a clean, full force hit behind the line of scrimmage on quarterback Kellen Clemens. He recorded his first interception in a Wild Card Playoff game versus the Seattle Seahawks, in which he recorded five tackles and two interceptions.

Taylor suffered an injury which kept him out of action in Week 11 and 12, and Landry was moved to the free safety position in his place. After Taylor was murdered at his home in Miami on November 27, Landry remained in the free safety position across from strong safety Reed Doughty. Landry started all 16 games, recording 95 total tackles (65 solo tackles, 32 assisted tackles), 1.5 sacks and six passes deflected. His impressive rookie season earned him a 2007 Pro Bowl alternate selection and was selected to the 2007 NFL All-Rookie Defensive Team. He also became the first Redskins rookie defensive player to start all 16 games since Champ Bailey in 1999. [4]

2008 season

Landry covering Devery Henderson during the 2008 NFL season. LaRon Landry and Devery Henderson.jpg
Landry covering Devery Henderson during the 2008 NFL season.

Landry made his first regular season interception in Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks. He recorded his second regular season interception against the Baltimore Ravens. Landry finished the season with 65 total tackles and half a sack.

2009 season

Landry playing in a 2009 preseason game against the Patriots. Landry 2009.jpg
Landry playing in a 2009 preseason game against the Patriots.

Landry appeared in fifteen games for the Redskins and recorded his only interception in a victory over the Oakland Raiders in Week 14. His best statistical performance was in an overtime loss to the then undefeated New Orleans Saints in Week 13. Landry recorded 12 solo tackles including a sack. Landry also had three pass defenses in that game. Landry finished the season with 90 total tackles including 78 solo tackles.

2010 season

After spending the previous two seasons at free safety, Landry was moved back to his natural position of strong safety and started off the season playing at a "Pro Bowl level" according to The Free-Lance Star . [5] In Week 5, he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Green Bay Packers, in which he collected 13 solo tackles, defended a pass, forced a fumble, and intercepted Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers in overtime. [5] His interception would lead to the Redskins' game-winning field goal. Landry injured his Achilles tendon playing the Eagles in Week 10, and eventually landed on injured reserve December 13, ending his season having only played in 9 games. Landry avoided surgery on his left Achilles tendon and instead received platelet-rich plasma treatments. On December 15, 2011, Coach Mike Shanahan stated that he believed Landry "would’ve been defensive player of the year" for the 2010 season had he not been injured. [6]

2011 season

Landry was placed on the PUP list during all of preseason. He was taken off the list and placed on the active 53-man roster, but, due to a strained hamstring, missed the first two games of the season. He made his 2011 debut in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys, where he made a big hit on Laurent Robinson and later forced a fumble. [7] In Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, after receiving a cut block, Landry was forced to leave in the first quarter. Despite coming back for the second half of the game, Landry suffered a groin injury that caused him to miss the next two games. On December 15, he was officially placed on injured reserve after being advised to get surgery on his left Achilles tendon, ending the last season of his rookie contract having played a total of eight games. [8] On January 23, 2012, it was announced that Landry had decided to go with alternative medicine, receiving the stem cell treatment known as AminoMatrix on his left Achilles tendon in hope of avoiding surgery. [9] [10] [11] The Redskins chose not to re-sign Landry, according to reports his departure from the team was mutual. [12]

New York Jets

2012 season

Landry reached an agreement with the New York Jets on March 19, 2012 on a one-year, $3.5 million contract with $700,000 in guaranteed money. [13] [14] By June 14, 2012, it was reported that Landry's Achilles tendon was fully healed, but the heel bone connected to the tendon was still healing. [15] With the bone still healing, he was placed on the physically unable to perform list prior to the start of training camp. [16] He was placed on the active roster again on July 26. [17] He made a stellar debut as a Jet during the season opening win against the Buffalo Bills as he led the Jets' defense in tackles. He made his presence known by making an impressive tackle against Fred Jackson, which took him out for the rest of the game, and forcing a fumble that was recovered by Yeremiah Bell. [18] [19] He had another good performance in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins after intercepting Ryan Tannehill, he ran the ball back for 18 yards and scored his first career touchdown. [20] Late in the first half of the game, he also landed a hard tackle on Reggie Bush, which made him leave the rest of game. [21] Landry was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl on December 26, marking the first appearance of his career, having been selected only as a Pro Bowl alternate in 2007 and 2008. [22] By the end of the season, Landry set new career highs of 100 combined tackles and four forced fumbles, as well as recording two interceptions, eight pass deflections, and one touchdown.

Indianapolis Colts

2013 season

Landry signed a four-year, $24 million contract, with $14 million guaranteed, with the Indianapolis Colts on March 13, 2013. [23] [24] He played 12 games in 2013, and had 87 tackles and 2 pass deflections.

2014 season

On September 29, 2014, Landry was suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. [25] On February 11, 2015, Landry was released by the Colts. [26] After his release, Landry was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season on March 6, 2015, for another violation of the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs. [27]

On November 24, 2015, Landry was suspended for testing positive for PEDs, his third such violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. This resulted in an indefinite ban as per league rules. [28]

Career statistics

Regular season

SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GPGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2007 Washington Redskins 16169563321.560
2008 Washington Redskins 16166549160.5112189.01302
2009 Washington Redskins 15159078121.0611212.01202
2010 Washington Redskins 998566191.08100.0001
2011 Washington Redskins 884835131.501
2012 New York Jets 161510076240.0824221.02414
2013 Indianapolis Colts 12128762250.020
2014 Indianapolis Colts 116463792.500
Total [29] 103976164661508.004167212.024110

Postseason

SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GPGSCombTotalAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2007 Washington Redskins115500.02221.0200
2013 Indianapolis Colts2215960.000
2014 Indianapolis Colts2211650.000
Total553120110.002221.0200

Personal life

Landry from Ama, Louisiana, is the younger brother of former safety Dawan Landry, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. [30] At a point during his career, he kept a pet white-faced capuchin monkey named Gucci. [31]

During his time with the Redskins, Landry's fans and teammates began calling him "Dirty 30" for his jersey number and aggressive playing style. He was also nicknamed "Iron Man" by his Redskins teammates for his physique. [32]

Honors

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