The third year player out of LSU is primed for a breakout season. Major doings are anticipated of number 30 this year. Coach Zorn as well as the fans are expecting Laron Landry to “step up and be a leader on [the] defense.” The following are some of Larons best games and moments from his NFL career. This list doubles as evidence showing Laron is capable of being a top tier safety in the league.
WEEK 2, 2007 SEASON vs. Eagles
On a pivotal 4th down with 70 seconds left in the Monday night game Laron smacked Kevin Curtis who was coming across the middle knocking the ball incomplete. In only his second regular season game Laron secured a victory in hard hitting fashion against the division foe Eagles.
WEEK 9, 2007 SEASON vs. Jets
When the Redskins drafted Laron Landry I checked him out on youtube. He came across as a safety that specialized in the blitz and getting to the quarterback. It took over half the season for him to get his first sack in the big leagues but it was worth the wait. A beautiful helmet-to-helmet blast on Jets QB Kellen Clemens and fumble recovery with return changed the face of that game. Laron was fined $16,764 for the hit on Clemens but I see it as money well spent.
Laron Vs. Hasselbeck
During the past two seasons of watching Laron Landry I have asked myself “when is his first touchdown going to come”? Number 30’s pick-6 has eluded him like a thief running from law enforcement, but his three interceptions in two games against the Seattle Seahwaks is a solid indication that we, like him, will not have to wait much longer. The wild-card playoff game of the 07-08 season was looking grim. Laron’s first interception game early in the 4th quarter with the Redskins down by 6 points. It looked as if he might have taken his first career pick to the house but after further review he was called down by contact. One pick was enough but then he did it again! Instead of cutting of the receivers route like he did on the first INT, he had a Santana Moss-esque sideline toe tap routine to secure the INT. His third came last season, with me in attendance at Qwest field. Laron might have Hasselbeck’s number, folks. You will never believe it, but I called it prior to it happening.
Portis Vs. Landry: The Race
After Laron caught C.P. on a screen pass during an off season practice, the two got into a bit of a debate. But instead of handling the beef Michael Westbrook/ Stephen Davis style, both players agreed to a foot race. Laron won the race (barely) and the prize. In the words of Fred Smoot “they don‘t do nothing for free”. I wonder how much money was wagered?
While the Redskins were sitting comfortably with a 13-0 lead over the New York Giants minutes away from halftime, the Giants tried to get something going. On 3rd & 1, Eli Manning went deep to Plaxico Burress who had gotten behind the coverage. But a devastating hit administered by Laron sent Plaxico sliding out of bounds flat on his back separating man from ball. In one of the most of sportsman like moves in Redskins history, Laron stood over his conquered opponent glaring at him. He then gave the inclomplete pass gesture with only his right arm to his fallen rival. I like to believe at that moment he shouted at Burress, “YOU GET NOTHIN‘!”