As he was conducting the fourth annual Jarvis Landry GiveBack event at Lutcher High School on Friday morning, the former Bulldog great and all the young campers were dealing with a heat index approaching 110 degrees and a field temperature much higher on the artificial turf.
That can be typical of a July morning for the River Parishes native. It’s a stark contrast from him new NFL home in Cleveland.
“It was snowing in April. I called my mom and I was like, ‘Can I miss OTAs?’” Landry joked.
“It’s good,” he continued. “When I was at LSU I was fortunate enough to be coached by NFL coach, Cam Cameron. One of the first things he came in and said is that you have to be weatherproof. No matter what’s going on – rain, sleet or snow – you have got to perform. I took that to heart and I think that’s an opportunity to prove him right if my success in the cold continues.”
There is no question about his success in warm climates. After his years at Lutcher, Landry was a star receiver at LSU. Drafted in the second round by the Miami Dolphins in 2014, his hot play continued as Landry’s 400 receptions as a professional being the record for most receptions by an NFL receiver in his first four seasons.
A trade sent him to the Browns and he now has about 75 million reasons to like Cleveland after signing a rich contract extension.
That’s the business end of things for Landry who has one big reason for returning home each summer.
“I know when I was their age, nobody ever came back to Lutcher and did this for us. I told myself that if I ever got the chance to play in the NFL – or just period – just to be able to come back and be here for the kids. It’s something that is near and dear to my heart,” Landry said.
Approximately 100 campers, ranging from ages 9-13, – the vast majority from St. James Parish – took part in the GiveBack event.
Young football hopefuls were instructed in various drills by coaches working in several different stations. Landry made a point of moving from station to station to over words of wisdom and encouragement.
The GiveBack event is more than just an instructional football camp. The campers were given backpacks, school supplies and other items. Landry also awarded his second annual Building Winner’s scholarship to Madisen Duhe, a recent Lutcher graduate, who plans to major in biological sciences at LSU starting in the fall.
Like the GiveBack event, there is something else that brings Landry back home.
“I miss all the crawfish and seafood,” he said. “You get some fresh seafood out there in Miami a little bit because you are on the water, and Cleveland as well, but it’s nothing like having some crawfish and nothing like having some etoufee. There ain’t none of that our there. They don’t even know how to make gravy out there.”