“So many emotions going on from the phone call to telling my mom, telling my family,” Landry said Thursday. “It’s just been an exciting time for myself and for my family. Hard work pays off.”
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As excited as Landry was, he said his mother back in Louisiana was even more thrilled upon hearing the news.
“Her reaction when I called her ... I just called her and told her to pack her bags and she was like, ‘Why? Where are we going?’ ” Landry recalled. “I told her we’re going to Hawaii. She immediately started screaming, running around the house and (it) almost made me want to fly back home to Louisiana and just really tell her and really be a part of the celebration that they had.”
Landry earned his Pro Bowl invitation after setting a Dolphins record with 110 catches, one year after he set the team rookie record with 84 receptions.
Landry, who was added to the Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for summertime training partner Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was quick to credit those around him for helping earn a trip to Honolulu.
“It goes without saying, the coaching staff that I’ve been a part of, the players that I played with (contributed), but for me, I took it personal not making it on the first crack,” Landry said. “I took it personal, but at the same time it goes to show you that there’s a lot of great players in this league. For me, ending the season with a Pro Bowl selection and being able to play in this game, it’s definitely a good way to finish my 2015-16 campaign.”
As thrilled as he was to be named to the Pro Bowl, Landry was just as excited for his teammate.
Landry gave a shout-out to Albert on Twitter on Wednesday with the following message: “Congrats to the old guy. It goes without saying how deserving you are of it. Through injury you prevailed fam.”
“Man, it’s so exciting,” Landry said Thursday. “Literally called him and he was like, ‘What’s going on? My phone is just going off. I had no idea what was going on.’ I guess I kind of sprung the news on him and then just being able to talk to him about him coming back from a knee (injury) and people using his age, using his injuries against him and he prevailed through all of that. He came back and he played great for us.
“He led the team like he was supposed to lead the team, he led the offensive line along with Ja’Wuan James and
The 2016 Pro Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised live by ESPN.
For the third consecutive year, the game will be “unconferenced,” and the players will be split into two teams through a draft that will take place next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
To say Landry is looking forward to the trip to Hawaii is putting it mildly.
“I’m definitely going to take my mom, take my brother, maybe my uncle,” Landry said. “I don’t know if my grandmother will take the trip. I’m really going over there with the expectation just to have fun, just enjoy the time with other guys, with other families. It’s a well-needed vacation for me, I could say, after playing a long season. It’s just a point in time that I want to share with my mom and my family because they deserve it, too.”