CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jarvis Landry was inspired growing up by former Browns left tackle Joe Thomas to produce his own ironman streak in the NFL someday, and here he is, playing in his 100th straight career game Sunday in Dallas.
What’s more, Landry has never missed a game in his seven-year career, despite gutting it out all last season on a hip injury and undergoing surgery in February.
“It means a lot,” Landry said. “I always remember as a kid watching Monday Night Football or whatever it is, and you see the stat go across the screen of a guy that has that Joe Thomas stat for instance, like a guy has not missed a game and a guy is available. I always wanted that for my career. I try my best to make sure that I take care of my body to be out there each and every Sunday.”
Not even a major hip surgery was enough to snap the streak. Landry beat the clock by about a month in his recovery to be on the field for the opener in Baltimore Sept. 13.
“It was my first time having a major surgery, so there still were a lot of things that were unexpected and new every day,” he said. “I worked my butt off to make sure that I can be in the position I am today. Like I have told you guys since we have been talking, I still have a couple more weeks at trying to get to where I need to be.”
Left guard Joel Bitonio, who hasn’t missed a snap since 2016, noted that it’s not just a streak for Landry, but an elite one. His 576 career receptions rank 11th in NFL history for a players’s first seven years. He’s also tied for