Finish the season.
That was LaRon Landry's only goal for 2012.
But the Jets safety did more than just that. He capped his first season with the Jets with his first-ever Pro Bowl nod.
“It’s a great accomplishment, for the cards I’ve been dealt, for all I’ve been through,” said Landry, who has 95 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions – including one returned for a touchdown. “…My mindset on this season was just to come here and just help. Help the team win. I didn’t have any specific goals, really. I just wanted to finish the season. That was really my main goal.
“The Pro Bowl – that wasn’t even part of mindset.”
Landry, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal (plus incentives) in March, declined to discuss his contract situation and whether or not he plans to re-sign with the Jets. However, it’s assumed the Jets won’t be able to fork over the kind of money he’s going to command in the offseason market.
Landry, 28, played in just 17 games with the Redskins between 2010 and 2011 because of a nagging Achilles tendon injury and bone spurs in his foot. He was placed on injured reserve last December. But rather than have surgery, he opted to undergo stem cell treatments for his Achilles and foot.
At the urging of his older brother, Dawan, Landry signed with the Jets in March. Prior to making his decision, he visited with New England – but there was speculation the Patriots were scared off by his foot injury.
“I heard that too,” Landry told Newsday.
However, the veteran safety said he wasn’t upset by the Patriots’ concerns.
“I made my decision,” he said. “I made the best decision, no matter the record, no matter nothing. This is a great organization.”
Does he feel the same way – even after a 6-9 record?
“Yeah,” said Landry. “They do things the right way here.”
There are a lot of critics who say Landry doesn’t even deserve to be named a Pro Bowl reserve. But he’s not surprised. Most people didn’t think he’d be able to make it through an entire 16-game season.
“I knew there were doubters, I knew there would be haters and everything,” Landry said. “I don’t really buy into that. I control what I can control and I will myself to whatever I want to do.”
Shortly after signing with the Jets in March, Landry share his expectations for the 2012 season with beat writers.
“When I’m healed and I can perform the way I know I can perform, sky's the limit for me,” he said on a conference call this past offseason. “Unstoppable.”