Whereas it is develop into a little bit of a cliché to confer with them as such, lengthy snappers actually are the unsung heroes of a soccer group insofar as in the event that they’re doing their job accurately, you may by no means know their title. However Dallas Cowboys lengthy snapper L. P. Ladouceur has been doing his job nicely for thus lengthy in relative anonymity — at the very least when in comparison with most different gamers on the group — that the chief of Canada is aware of his title.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau despatched a message to the Cowboys participant on Friday to congratulate forward of enjoying in his 251st NFL recreation (Solar. Dec. 20 vs. 49ers on CBS at 1 p.m. ET), essentially the most by any Canadian-born participant within the league’s historical past. ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the assertion on Twitter, and famous that Ladouceur can be passing kicker Eddie Murray on the all-time listing.
His longevity is just not solely exceptional in relation to his fellow compatriots, but additionally within the context of the group he performs for. This season is Ladouceur’s sixteenth with the Cowboys, which ties him for many in franchise historical past with former Dallas tight finish Jason Witten.
The lengthy snapper initially hails from Montreal, Quebec, and went undrafted out of the College of California in 2005. That he was in a position to make the group in any respect is a well-known coincidence as he received a tryout with Dallas whereas the group was staying within the Bay Space in 2005. Ladouceur was already within the space as an area prospect, accomplished his tryout, and the remaining grew to become a history-making profession.
With this notable congratulations, Ladouceur joins the ranks of well-known NFL gamers from Canada equivalent to Kansas Metropolis Chiefs Tremendous Bowl champion Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Tremendous Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.