The NFL announced their 2013 Pro Bowl rosters Wednesday evening, and two New York Jets players have been named to the AFC’s All-Star team, the fewest Jets named to the Pro Bowl in the last five seasons.
One of those players is strong safety LaRon Landry, who is making his first career Pro Bowl appearance.
The 28-year-old Landry (#30, above ) finally got the best of the injury bug that had bitten him early in his career, and he’s played every single game this season for a Jets secondary ranked second in the NFL at 187.4 yards per game.
Through 15 games, Landry is second on the Jets with 95 total tackles, along with a team-leading four forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. His hard-hitting style has struck fear in anyone brave enough to go across the middle.
Landry will be a free agent at season’s end, and it’s not hard to imagine his agent asking for a healthy raise on the $3.5 million salary he earned this season. The Jets will definitely try to bring him back if the price is right.
While Landry doesn’t have the cover safety skills of snubbed AFC East rivals Jairus Byrd or Reshad Jones, he certainly earned the respect of fans, coaches and his peers in 2012, culminating in his first Pro Bowl selection.
He may not be the rangiest or the flashiest safety in the league, but he is certainly a force to be reckoned with. If he can stay on the field and off the injury report, chances are LaRon Landry will have more Pro Bowls in his future.