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 5th in NFL history with Andre Johnson for most receptions in a player’s first 100 games. Among active players in their first 100 games, Landry, a five-time Pro Bowler, ranks third.
“It’s very impressive,” Bitonio said. “100 games in this league is something to really hang your hat on. He’s playing at a high level, too. He’s done some things that a lot of receivers in this league have never done – the amount of catches he’s had and the things he’s done. To not miss a game is very impressive, especially since he’s been banged up before.
“Last year, I know he battled through some things and had some offseason stuff going on. It’s very impressive. Consistency in this league, people can have good games. If you are in the NFL, you will have a good game here, but who can do it consistently, and for 100 games is beyond impressive. That is a big time accomplishment for him.”
Landry’s best friend, Odell Beckham Jr., is excited to share the milestone with him.
“It’s definitely an accomplishment,” he said. “He puts a lot of time and effort into his body to be able to be out there and play those games. At the same time, I do not know how much of a milestone it is. We kind of expected it. We always talk about playing until the wheels fall off. I just tell him to keep stacking them up and keep stacking up the accomplishments.”
Kevin Stefanski knows what it’s taken for Landry to reach the century mark, including a challenging rehab during COVID-19.
“That’s an impressive achievement,” he said. “It’s not easy, and anybody who can do that is battling some sort of injury over those 100 games. For him to come off of a surgery that he came off of this year and be out there and be productive and looking like Jarvis to me, it’s very impressive. He’s somebody that works extremely hard in the weight room, getting treatment or whatever it is, he works hard on his body to make sure he is out there with his teammates.”
Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt been impressed with Landry’s willingness to sacrifice his body despite not being fully recovered from his surgery yet.
“Juice is another guy that has a great knack for just playing football, being in the right place, understanding coverages and understanding where he fits into the route schemes,” Van Pelt said. “Another guy that’s tremendous in the run game and his physicality that he brings in his blocking and his finish as well. A tribute to him that he’s out there after what he’s gone through this offseason. I know he’s probably not still 100 percent, but he goes out and gives everything he has every week. We are glad to have him.”
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