In a season littered with dissapointment, there has been a steady force on the football field that the New York Jets have played with this year, their secondary. Spearheading the physically imposing defense have been an array of new faces, both rookie and veteran alike.
Players like Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples have exceeded expectations as the season has gone on and the defense has shown its depth with star cornerback Darrelle Revis sidelined by an ACL injury. One of these new faces is LaRon Landry, who in just his first year wearing Green and White will represent the Jets at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii this January.
"When I heard it, from that time, I was excited," spoke a beaming Landry. "It's always an accomplishment that I always wanted and a goal."
This is Landry's first Pro Bowl appearance. Coming off a season ending injury in 2011, Landry was not brought back by the Washington Redskins. Hitting the free market, Landry signed a one-year deal in New York, hoping to resurrect his name among the elite safeties. He took time to thank the organization for taking a chance on him.
" I wish I could have contributed to the team making the playoffs, but it's sweet just to come off a two-year injured reserve situation and this organization basically took a chance on me," admitted Landry. "I knew the type of player I could be when I'm healthy."
Despite the chance, however, Landry states that he will not give a hometown discount to the Jets during free agency. The New York Daily News reported that Landry would like to remain in New York if the price is right. With his career riddled with injuries, most of Landry's current deal was structured to pay him his salary only when he played. As he finished the year without an ailment, Landry will demand a high pay increase on the open market, especially since his current deal prevents the Jets from applying their franchise tag on him.
"I love the game," noted Landry. "I love this organization," stated Landry. "I love them for giving me an opportunity. But at the end of the day, I'm going to sit down with my agent and my family and make the best business decision."