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Landry Continuing To Hit The Right Notes

Posted Aug 30, 2015

Wide receiver doesn’t get paid to play the guitar. He does it because he likes music. No, make that he loves music.

As one of the most gifted pass catchers in the NFL, Jarvis Landry often can be a crowd pleaser.

The way he looks at it, his job as a wide receiver is a little bit like performing and he does enjoy putting on a show for fans.

It’s pretty much the same when Landry picks up a guitar and starts playing music, as he explained during a CBS 4 segment of “4 More on the Fins.”

“I kind of joke to my friends late nights and get a chance to play a little bit for a little bit of a crowd and get everybody kind of swaying and singing,” Landry said. “Just kind of like me being on the field, doing what I love to do, catching balls, making plays, scoring touchdowns, and the fans cheer. It’s also a little spectator sport.”

But Landry doesn’t get paid to play the guitar. He does it because he likes music.

No, make that he loves music.

“For me, music kind of consumes my whole day,” Landry said. “Either I’m in the car listening to music, at home listening to music, working out listening to music, playing music. I think it’s probably 95 percent of my day is music.

“It started when I was young. Just kind of fell in love, being around it, being from Louisiana, being around New Orleans, jazz, Zydeco, all those different styles of music just kind of took over my life to a point. And I fell in love with it.”

Landry said he started playing the guitar as a child before getting away from it as sports consumed more and more of his time.

As it turned out, the fire was rekindled after he was drafted by the Dolphins and started spending time around nose tackle Isaako Aaitui, who was in training camp last summer before being among the final roster cuts.

“He literally would be in the players’ lounge in breaks just playing and playing and playing,” Landry said of Aaitui. “Everybody was in there singing. That’s kind of one of the reasons why I literally got back into it. Just seeing him, that being the inspiration. I went out and got a guitar, starting getting a little more help and here I am.

“He left the job up to me. So it’s my turn.”

So now Landry has brought his guitar to the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University and gets to strumming sometimes during breaks.

For Landry, playing the guitar is a nice change of pace from his full-time job, sort of the calm after the storm.

“It’s like therapy,” Landry said. “To me, it’s the best form. A lot of people turn to a lot of different things and mine is music.

“I play every day. I try to play a couple of hours a day, just trying to get that muscle memory going, trying to learn new things to play, new songs, new chords. It’s constantly evolving. Some people play for 15-20 years. I’ve kind of just been playing, if you add it up, maybe five. I’m getting there.”

When he wasn’t playing music before the Dolphins headed back to training camp, Landry picked up another interesting hobby this summer.

He began skateboarding with some of his teammates.

“We wanted to pick up something new this summer,” Landry explained. “Actually, Ja’Wuan James and Billy Turner, we started skating every Thursday, every Friday and then Jamar Taylor sees pictures, sees videos, he wants to come skate. Kenny (Stills) wants to come skate.

“Then the next thing you know we’ve got the neighborhood skating with us. For me, for us, it’s just being able to challenge ourselves outside of football, being able to do something fun, do something that kind of, I guess, challenges us a little bit with balance.”

It didn’t take long after Landry began putting pictures on Instagram that he got messages from fans pleading with him not to get hurt.

Other fans who actually got to see Landry and company skateboard in person decided instead to join in.

“Me, Ja’Wuan James and Billy Turner were cruising through this neighborhood looking for hills,” Landry said. “There’s about eight or nine kids in this neighborhood and we’re going by, and I think they notice us and literally we’re strolling down the block and look back and we have like a whole crew. We had a whole crew. That was definitely one of the moments where this skateboard (thing) is real.”

Another highlight of the summer for Landry, if not THE highlight, was the chance to throw out the first pitch at a Miami Marlins game.

“It was wonderful, man,” Landry said. “I’m still mad that Billy (The Marlin) didn’t catch the ball. But it was fun. It was exciting. The Marlins organization giving me the opportunity to do that, it was big for me.

“Literally my first sport I ever played (was baseball). I played till about 13, 14 till I got to high school and then, of course, everybody figured I wanted to be like my brother that played football. He went to Southern Univeristy and then to the Atlanta Falcons and everybody assumed I wanted to be like my brother, so they kind of took the ball out of my hand and put a pigskin in it.”

Landry, whose brother Gerard never played in an NFL game, certainly can’t complain about how things turned out after his switch to football.

After setting a Dolphins rookie record with 84 receptions in 2014, he heads into the 2015 season as a key member of a new-look receiving corps.

“I’ve always been real consistent with catching the football,” Landry said. “I can’t give enough credit to (Ryan) Tannehill and Coach (Bill) Lazor for putting me in those positions, but 84 catches that’s just the floor for me. It’s just the floor for me and there’s nowhere (to go) but up. So I’m excited to see what this year brings, excited to see how far we can go as a Dolphins organization, as a team, as a group.”

You might say Landry is hoping he and his teammates hit all the right notes this season.