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Landry Shines In The Eye Of The Storm

Posted Mar 2, 2016

The Dolphins Pro Bowl wide receiver returned to his tornado-ravaged hometown of Convent, La., about 50 miles west of New Orleans to visit those affected by the natural disaster.

Jarvis Landry has become a star in South Florida since joining the Dolphins as a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but his native Louisiana remains as close to his heart as ever.

He proved it last week after a tornado ravaged his hometown of Convent, about 50 miles west of New Orleans.

Landry flew to New Orleans before driving to Convent to visit those affected by the tornado and then started an online auction to raise funds to help deal with the natural disaster.

“First of all, it was difficult,” Landry said during an interview with The Finsiders on Monday. “It was difficult to even hear about it and to go home, and then home doesn’t even look like home. And then hear about the lives lost and all the homes lost. Just have the opportunity to go and be a part of the community, not only that but go door to door and just see people and just have my presence there and do all that I can do to make this a better time.”

Landry spent two days in Louisiana.

"To me, man it's a wonderful feeling because not to many people have made it out of St. James Parish and for him to come back and support in tragedies like this it's just a good feeling," Najee Davis, a Convent resident, told wwltv.com.

According to a report on AccuWeather.com, a tornado tore through a mobile home complex in Louisiana last week, killing two and destroying more than 100 structures. At least 30 injuries were reported at the Sugar Hill RV Park in Convent.

The American Red Cross opened a nearby emergency shelter to assist those in need. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in seven parishes affected by the severe storms.

The online auction can be found at www.bidpal.net/SupportLandry.

The items up for bid include a Landry-autographed jersey, helmet, mini-helmet and football, as well as an autographed stadium seat. The Miami Dolphins Foundation is helping with the cause, offering up for auction an opportunity to attend a postgame press conference.

“I appreciate the support from the fans, everybody here in Miami, here in Florida, back home, around the world,” Landry said. “I can’t say enough about the support that I’ve gotten from the Dolphins organization that’s allowed me to make this happen as smoothly as it has.

“I can’t say enough about the Dolphins. Just having the reach that (they) have and not only that but standing behind me with me and allowing me to sign things and get this auction off through the site to allow me to help people back home, that’s the biggest thing as far as moving forward from this point on.”

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