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    Landry developed taste for contact early.

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    By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger
    on September 14, 2012 at 4:46 AM, updated September 14, 2012 at 6:57 AM Email | Print

    The Jets' LaRon Landry looked up to Ronnie Lott and Sean Taylor and is one of the most feared hitters in the NFL.
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    Dawan Landry’s favorite story about his brother may be the time when LaRon was 8, sitting in the flat bed of their father’s truck on the way home from Little League practice.

    LaRon was already testing the boundaries of sanity, figuring how he could stoke his love for reckless behavior when he decided to dive out of the moving pickup, then beat the vehicle home sprinting on foot. He did not tell anyone what he was planning.

    As it turned out, this was probably the last time in his life when a collision didn’t end up in favor of LaRon Landry, the self-sacrificing, head-hunting, ab-flashing safety for the Jets. He crash-landed onto the pavement then picked himself up and sprinted, his face smeared with blood. He stayed alongside the truck as long as he could.

    Twenty minutes later, once his father, Frank, realized his son wasn’t in the truck, he found LaRon on the other side of their Metairie, La., home stewing for another chance.

    “He got in trouble for that one,” Dawan, a safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars, said laughing.

    But then Dawan remembers another story, maybe a better one: The time, when LaRon was 18 playing basketball outside Hahnville (La.) High School, a loose ball skidded out of bounds, rolling toward a glass door that led to the gymnasium entrance.

    LaRon approached at full speed and had to make a decision between saving the ball or himself. He opted to scoop the ball and spill through the door, shattering the glass and perforating his skin with a slew of cuts.

    Dawan could go on like this for hours. LaRon always craved contact and the opportunity to throw his body into a melee. It’s why he’s not surprised his brother has turned into one of the most feared hitters in the NFL and a key acquisition for the Jets defense this past offseason.

    As the Jets prepare to face Pittsburgh on Sunday, LaRon has already said confidently that the defense he now patrols is better, piece-by-piece, than the historically stout Steelers. For any other outsider in his first year it may be braggadocio to say as much, but LaRon might just be crazy enough to back it up.

    “Ronnie Lott and Sean Taylor,” LaRon said, when asked who inspired all this madness. “You know those guys and how they play. I kind of mimic those guys. I’m willing to take on any job, no matter how big the guy is, how physical our opponent is. It doesn’t matter as long as I get the job done.”

    High praise

    Jets coach Rex Ryan compared Landry to late defensive back Dick “Night Train” Lane, arguably the most violent tackler in NFL history.

    During the offseason, the Jets lost safety Jim Leonhard and decided to part ways with Brodney Pool. Eric Smith, the only returning player at the position, was coming off an injury.

    So defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and Ryan targeted Landry, 27, who had just finished the final year of his contract with the Redskins. They remembered drooling over his college tape when preparing for the 2007 NFL Draft as coaches for Baltimore, hoping he would somehow fall from the top-10 projected range to the Ravens at No. 29.

    Questions arose about injuries throughout Landry’s career, namely an Achilles’ tendon problem that sidelined him for a portion of the 2011 season. But Ryan put faith in the Jets’ training staff and moved forward with the hope the Jets would be getting what Ryan once saw — a safety who’s built like a linebacker (6-foot, 220 pounds) but runs a 4.3 second 40-yard dash.

    “When you look at the list, he’s at the top of the list,” said Ryan, who also coached Dawan in Baltimore. “I mean this is a rare talent. He plays the way you want. If you still believe in hitting people in this league, that’s the top of the list guy.”

    Pettine said when they made calls to opposing coaches and scouts to evaluate the trade, there were varying opinions. No voice pushed them harder, though, than Ryan’s brother, Rob, the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, who wanted nothing more than to see LaRon out of the NFC East.

    “Those Dallas guys were thrilled to get him out of the division,” Pettine said. “They were telling us ‘Sign him! Sign him!’ because they wanted him out of Washington so bad.”

    That’s because of moments like last Sunday, when, among a flurry of quarterback hits and a diving strip that caused a fumble, Landry bulled toward Buffalo running back Fred Jackson and torpedoed him near the Bills’ sideline. Jackson will miss four weeks with a knee injury.

    Landry, who apologized and said he never intended to injure anyone, only knows how to play at that speed.

    “I’m just here to do my job,” he said. “The big hits, whatever, interceptions, plays to be made out there on the field, that’s all part of my job. I don’t really harp on it or praise myself about it. I’m my toughest and my worst critic.”

    Built for strength

    In the backyard of LaRon’s childhood home there is an Olympic weight set and a few curl bars. Dawan insists the two can do any exercise with what’s sitting out there in the grass.

    Sometimes LaRon will work out in the morning but then the urge will strike him again at night — a 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. lift under the muggy Louisiana twilight.

    It’s there in the offseason where he prepares his body for all the NFL madness to come and builds himself up to sustain every blow, every hit that feels like falling from a moving truck, or tumbling through a pane of glass.

    He pushes the iron and the fear is gone. Then, he is ready to put on a helmet and test his boundaries again, never once considering what could do him harm.

    “If you tell him that, it goes in one ear and out the other,” Dawan said. “That’s not him. That’s not his personality. You gotta let him play his game.”

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    where can i buy his jersey? this guy is the real deal.

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    If Landry can stay healthy, he could prove to be the steal of free agency.

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    I can't remember the last time the Jets had a safety of his caliber. I'd say Victor Green but Landry is in a class of his own. After years of slow safety play, what a refreshing change it is to see LaRon fly around in the true enforcer role.

    I'm PRAYING he stays healthy, so hopefully he'll have a long, productive career here. Gotta hand it to Tannenbaum, this was a hell of a signing.

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    Moving trucks and glass doors. Ten cent head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Moving trucks and glass doors. Ten cent head.
    Ten cent poster.



    I think you totally missed the point of the entire article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Moving trucks and glass doors. Ten cent head.
    Such a ****ing loser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Moving trucks and glass doors. Ten cent head.
    He was a kid you dumb****.

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    I can't wait to see him lay out Gronk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Bandit View Post
    I can't wait to see him lay out Gronk
    Wouldn't mind seeing him lay out GUIDO either.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Moving trucks and glass doors. Ten cent head.
    Scintillating additions as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Ten cent head.
    Thanks but we already know your posts are worth that much....and less. Now troll, STFU and get lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetssjumets View Post
    Thanks but we already know your posts are worth that much....and less. Now troll, STFU and get lost.
    Oh look. The "lawyer" speaks.


    To others....fair enough on "he was young" when he jumped out of a moving truck. He was only eight at the time (although it still doesn't show a lot of smarts now does it?) But the plate glass door incident was when he was 18, only 8 years ago. Dumb as a brick.


    Never said he wasn't a baller and wouldn't want him in the Pats secondary. Rooted hard for Rodney when he played a similar game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Oh look. The "lawyer" speaks.


    To others....fair enough on "he was young" when he jumped out of a moving truck. He was only eight at the time (although it still doesn't show a lot of smarts now does it?) But the plate glass door incident was when he was 18, only 8 years ago. Dumb as a brick.


    Never said he wasn't a baller and wouldn't want him in the Pats secondary. Rooted hard for Rodney when he played a similar game.
    So.. as usual you took a positive jets article and searched for something negative to say. These are the kind of threads you should just stay out of. Also, pretty sure we all did some stupid things when we were 18.. certainly more stupid than an overly aggressive basketball play. It's Saturday night. You MUST have something better to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton View Post
    So.. as usual you took a positive jets article and searched for something negative to say. These are the kind of threads you should just stay out of. Also, pretty sure we all did some stupid things when we were 18.. certainly more stupid than an overly aggressive basketball play. It's Saturday night. You MUST have something better to do.
    Inb4 an excuse followed by, "so what are YOU doing here on a Saturday night?"

    Dude is pathetic.

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    Why is the Pats fan talking about players being dumb? lol, has he seen his Tight Ends? Definition of a BRO, DUUUUUUUUUDE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10PennyToColes87 View Post
    Inb4 an excuse followed by, "so what are YOU doing here on a Saturday night?"

    Dude is pathetic.
    Haha I know right? Let me go ahead and take care of it now. I'm on a jets site whilst watching the Tennessee/Florida game in order to get pumped for my team's big game tomorrow and pregaming for a night out on the town. What I'm NOT doing is nitpicking articles about another team's random players on another team's site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoYaztremski View Post
    Moving trucks and glass doors. Ten cent head.
    I feel so sorry for you guys. What a sad life to live.
    Do your loved ones know how you spend your free time?
    My girl would probably leave me if I was wasting my time doing what you do. I wouldn't blame her either.
    BTW, it's Yastrzemzki.

    Back on the ranch, it's almost scary watching him fly around. I don't wish injury on anyone, and everytime he's around, I can see him taking someone out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Bandit View Post
    I can't wait to see him lay out Gronk

    ... + 99999999999999 ...

    ... he is my new favorite J-E-T ...





    l_j_r

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton View Post
    Haha I know right? Let me go ahead and take care of it now. I'm on a jets site whilst watching the Tennessee/Florida game in order to get pumped for my team's big game tomorrow and pregaming for a night out on the town. What I'm NOT doing is nitpicking articles about another team's random players on another team's site.

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