Get to know LaRon Landry
A six-year NFL veteran, LaRon Landry has a reputation as a hard-hitting free safety. Get to know the new Jets starter, nicknamed "Dirty 30," with these facts.
Landry, 27, was born in Louisiana. His older brother, Dawan, plays safety for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Landry attended Hahnville High School in his home state, where he established a name for himself and became recognized as a top high school athlete in the U.S.
Landry decided to attend Louisiana State University and immediately made an impact as a freshman in 2003, helping his team win the BCS National Championship. He made 48 straight starts for LSU in his college career and is ranked third all-time in interceptions (12), and seventh all-time in tackles (315).
Landry's physique speaks for itself, but here are the stats he compiled when he wowed scouts at the combine: 425 lb. bench press, 500 lb. squat, 286 lb. power-clean, 4.37 sec. 40-yard dash, 37.5-inch vertical jump.
The injury bug hit Landry in 2010 when he injured his Achilles tendon, ending his season after Week 10. Landry missed the first two games of 2011 because of a strained hamstring and was later placed on injured reserve after recurring issues with his Achilles tendon. Landry's career with the Redskins ended after the 2011 season.
Landry reached an agreement with the Jets in March on a one-year, $3.5 million contract. After allowing time for his Achilles tendon - and later a bone connected to the tendon - to fully heal, Landry was placed on the active roster on July 26. He recorded seven tackles and two interceptions during the 2012 preseason, and made his official Jets debut in Week 1.