No receiver in the history of the NFL has had more catches in his first two seasons than Jarvis Landry. A second-round draft choice from LSU, Landry had 194 grabs. Landry then added seven catches in the season-opener at Seattle, becoming the fastest player to 200 catches in league history. Landry stands 5-feet-11, 206 pounds, but plays with dogged determination, relentless passion and a desire to scratch for every possible yard. Landry also has a positive aura. He’s confident. But also approachable, good-natured and respectful. Each week, The Daily Dolphin plans to bring you a Q&A with a Miami Dolphin that will help you get to know more about the player. We believe most players are enthusiastic about sharing more about themselves if asked questions in little different way.
Jarvis Landry/Miami Dolphins wide receiver/LSU/23 years old
What is one trait you carry specifically because you grew up in Convent, Louisiana?
Toughness. Heart. Heart. Heart and toughness. For me, for us, that’s the same thing. Where I’m from just hardened me to a lot of things. You know, a lot of things.
What should I check out if I go there?
Hymel’s is one of the restaurants we’re known for on the Mississippi River. Hymel’s.
What would you tell a young fan who says he is struggling with confidence?
When I struggle with things, I turn to God. I turn to the bible. And I turn to somebody I look up to for advice, for wisdom. And in doing so, by gaining that knowledge, there is confidence in it, too.
What is it like when you’re in a game and you know that a defensive back knows that he can’t cover you?
It’s fun. It’s always fun. That’s like every game for me. That’s confidence talking. But at the same time, I thrive on competitive environments. So to be around guys who are going to compete, is always exciting to show that my preparation is that much better than theirs.
Who is an athlete in another sport you would pay to watch?
Cristiano Ronaldo. One of the only athletes I’d pay to watch that I haven’t seen already.
Would you like to go to an international soccer match at Hard Rock Stadium?
Of course. As many as I can attend. I would love to be there. I love the atmosphere. We went to London a couple of years ago. And we had an opportunity to watch a couple of games over there. The atmosphere. Their love for the game.
What artist or band would you pay to have perform at a Jarvis Landry “Juice” party?
I’ll say Drake.
What are four words you would use to describe yourself to a stranger?
Humble. Caring. Kind. And selfless.
What is the best and worst thing about South Florida?
The best thing is the view. The worst thing is the heat. The weather. There are other places that are worse, but it does get pretty hot here.
What is one thing you wish you could change about the first 23 years of your life?
Nothing. Everything that I’ve been through. Everything that I’ve seen. Has made me become the man that I am today. And put me in the position that I am in today. We might not be having this interview if just one thing would have changed.
What Dolphin would win an NFL Fantasy Football League?
I don’t think we can play fantasy. Oh, not for money? Maybe Kenny Stills. He follows it a little bit. He was showing me a web site with active players and what transactions happened today. He seems to be into it.
Most underrated teammate ever?
He is underrated, I’m telling you. Zach is. But I will say James Wright. He was with the Cincinnati Bengals right now. Toughest teammate. Hardest working. Capable of doing things that a lot of guys are doing. Just never really got a true shot. But he’s made the best of his special teams value. He got drafted and made maybe 10 catches total but he can make an impact for the Bengals.
Joe Schad | thedailydolphin.com | September 16, 2016