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Louis-Philippe Ladouceur (born March 13, 1981) is a Canadian-born American football long snapper for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at California.

L. P. Ladouceur
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Ladouceur with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017
No. 91 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Long snapper
Personal information
Born: (1981-03-13) March 13, 1981 (age 38)
Montreal, Quebec
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Collège Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur
(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
College:California
CFL draft:2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 29
Undrafted:2005
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:221
Total tackles:12
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Early yearsEdit

Ladouceur attended Notre Dame High School in Montreal, Quebec. He went on to play as a defensive lineman for John Abbott College, which is a public college, where as a senior he recorded seven sacks, 48 tackles, and one fumble recovery.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received scholarship offers from Syracuse University and Michigan State University.[1] In his first 2 seasons he appeared in only 5 games. As a junior, he was named the team's long snapper and was a key player on a special teams unit that did not allow a blocked kick in two straight years.

Ladouceur was selected in the fourth round of the 2004 CFL Draft by the Ottawa Renegades, but decided to return to school.[2]

Professional careerEdit

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Ladouceur was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2005 NFL Draft on April 27. He was waived on August 29.

Dallas CowboysEdit

After playing the third game of the 2005 season against the San Francisco 49ers, the Cowboys decided to stay the entire week in California, to better prepare for their next game against the Oakland Raiders. Because of issues they were having with rookie long snapper Jon Condo, the team decided to replace him with Ladouceur, who got a try out that week, in part because he was a local Bay Area player and was signed on September 28.[2] In his NFL debut against the San Francisco 49ers, he snapped cleanly on five punts and two field goals. He finished his rookie season with clean snaps on 70 punts, 25 field goals and 28 PATs.

On February 14, 2008, he signed a five-year contract through the 2012 season. On February 28, 2013, he signed a new five-year contract.[3]

In 2014, he was added to the Pro Bowl as a "need player" for special teams purposes.[4]

He has provided consistency as the team's long snapper since the start, by being perfect on all of his snaps and never missing a game as a Cowboy.[5] As of November 2017 he has made clean snaps on 873 punts, 387 field goals, and 550 PATs, including the playoffs.[6]

On March 18, 2018, Ladouceur re-signed with the Cowboys.[7]

On March 19, 2019, Ladouceur re-signed with the Cowboys.[8]

As of 2019, Ladouceur is the oldest active player on the Dallas Cowboys. He is also the active "Iron Man" on the team. If he plays every game in 2019 through week 14, he will become the all-time Cowboys Iron Man (most consecutive games played).

Personal lifeEdit

Ladouceur married his wife, Brooke Worthington, on April 20, 2012 in Virgin Gorda. They have two children.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Les Carpenter (December 14, 2016). "The NFL's perfect player: how LP Ladouceur has made $10m from long snapping". The Guardian. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Canadian L.P. Ladouceur ecstatic to be remaining with Dallas Cowboys". Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Helman, David (February 28, 2013). "Cowboys sign long snapper Ladouceur to five-year deal". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cowboys' L.P. Ladouceur going it alone at Pro Bowl". ESPN. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "L.P. LaDouceur". Dallas Cowboys. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Gosset, Brian (July 2, 2014). "For Cowboys, long snapper goes perfectly unnoticed". Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Williams, Charean (March 18, 2018). "Cowboys re-sign long snapper L.P. Ladouceur". Sep 28. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Eatman, Nick (March 19, 2019). "Veteran Long Snapper To Return For 15th Season". DallasCowboys.com.

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