Monday, December 20, 2010

Jersey Monday: Sean Landeta

There are some jerseys in my collection that I know are obscure, but I purchased mass-market, so there has to be at least one other person out there who has them.

Then there's something like this: my Eagles authentic Sean Landeta jersey, which I got customized from the NFL store way back in 2001.

Landeta spent five of his 22 NFL seasons with the Eagles, setting the NFL's all-time punts record (since broken) with them late in the 2001 season. But I didn't get this jersey to honor an obscure record. No, I got it to honor my alma mater (then just my school), Towson University.

Landeta is one of the few professional athletes to come out of Towson, and arguably the most accomplished. He played on two Super Bowl winning teams, he was a three-time All-Pro and was a member of the NFL's all-decade team in both the '80s and the '90s. Yes, his career will always be remembered for the punt he whiffed in Chicago.

Landeta wore No. 5 for most of his career (15 of his 22 seasons), but when he arrived in Philadelphia, that number was already assigned to rookie Donovan McNabb, so Landeta stuck with the 7 he wore in Tampa Bay and Green Bay. Of course, now that Eagles No. 7 is worn by someone slightly more notable, thus the timing of this particular entry.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.

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