October 9th, 2020
Jarvis Landry is one of the most reliable, steady, dedicated athletes in the NFL- it's no secret. Amid of his 7th season in the league he's on a mission to capture another NFL receptions record, a title he's managed to keep to himself every year in his career thus far. His consistency can be credited for this. Landry is a self-described "obsessed" athlete, and one that has crafted seamless habits when it comes to his practice and preparation. He finds joy in refining his skills. His unmatched work ethic is second nature. This is exactly why Jarvis Landry makes the perfect partner for Senaptec. As a brand, we provide tools designed to enhance the training athletes are already doing- so, our products paired with an athlete as dedicated as Jarvis Landry create the perfect storm.
Headed into Week 5 of the 2020 NFL Season, we were able to spend some time with Jarvis at his home in Cleveland. The previous week the Browns had solidified a 3-1 start to their season- making their 3rd win a 49-38 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. This game happened to be Jarvis' 100th consecutive career game, and his performance did not disappoint. He finished the game with 5 receptions and an unforgettable 37-yard touchdown pass. Throughout an afternoon of training on a sunny, Cleveland autumn day, we were able to talk to Landry about his season so far, the craziness of playing through a pandemic and his training secrets that have led him to become the record-breaking player he is today.
Congratulations on your 100th consecutive game this past Sunday, and having never missed a game. That’s a huge accomplishment! What factors go into becoming that consistent?
Just being obsessed. And not too much that you hurt yourself in the sense that you overthink mentally, but just believing in your preparation. I’m a firm believer in loving to practice and go through all the little steps. I know if I take care of that, when I step out there on the field, the good things will just happen. It’s like second nature. So, it’s all about the preparation, being obsessed, enjoying what I do- I love what I do. And I think that’s what makes me who I am, makes me great, makes me tough, makes me able to play 100 games consecutively, even if I have injuries. I know my 80% is better than a lot of people’s 100% and my preparation gives me that confidence.
I think that’s what makes me who I am, makes me great, makes me tough, makes me able to play 100 games consecutively, even if I have injuries. I know my 80% is better than a lot of people’s 100% and my preparation gives me that confidence.
How’s your left lat feeling after that touchdown pass last weekend?
*laughs* It’s still a bit sore.
Tell us about that moment. How did it feel to have a quarterback play and get to throw a touchdown pass in a game?
Yeah, absolutely. It was fun! I feel like for me it was about the joy of being able to throw the ball in a football game, which I have, but for it to be a touchdown pass was special. That day was a milestone for my career being the 100th game, so, it was a special moment for me.
How cool, it really was an incredible play. So, we’re here today to train with Senaptec technology. I know you currently use our Senaptec Strobe eyewear- could you tell us about how you were first introduced to strobe technology and how you discovered our product?
My first introduction to the strobe glasses was around my freshman year of college at Louisiana State University. I was working with the receivers, working with the equipment managers who really introduced us to the glasses, and, you know, instantly I felt a connection. Whether it was in our training, whether it was right before practice, whatever it was- it translated to the game. I was like, “why not just keep this going?”. Then, somehow, they got discontinued and I wasn’t using them anymore. In that time, I went to the NFL, started my career there. When I got back here to Cleveland, I met my doctor, Chad Teague, who had these glasses and he told me, “I’m telling you, these are going to help, these are going to work!” At this point I had almost forgotten about the glasses I wore at LSU, you know, 8 or 9 years ago, but he re-introduced me to them, and I put them back on and the rest is history. Here we are.
When we talk about strobes, often people think of training the vision. But we know that it’s training the other senses as much as it’s training the vision. The reason being, if we’re impairing the vision, that tunes up your hearing, your proprioception, your balance. Through your strobe training, have you noticed anything changes besides just the visual effect?
For me and my position, I always tend to train a lot of single-leg stuff and balance- because with my position a lot of what I do is on one leg and I’m never really grounded on two legs. So, for the balance aspect of it: when I put the strobes on and am standing on a Bosu ball with one leg and going through my catches, and I can’t see out of my left eye, then I’ve got to snap my head to the left to try and see out of my right eye to be able to catch the football. It’s that much more important to be able to train that reaction and make sure I can stay balanced through that movement and bring my arms up to still be able to make the catch. When the strobes are on, all those other things and senses get heightened.
When you’re training with the strobes, what kind of differences do you notice?
For me after wearing the strobes I honestly feel like everything seems clearer, especially with my vision. Like, the football looks like a basketball. From that, I know it helps me focus on being able to catch the football. In the game, being able to have the distraction of somebody’s arm just missing the ball in a play and me still having to focus to be able to catch that ball. With the strobes, you can kind of simulate those types of distractions, which is cool.
That’s awesome. I’ve heard them described as an “artificial distraction” before- I know Michael Jordan was one of the first athletes known to use strobes and he said that they felt like a simulation of the cameras flashing in your face, the athlete in front of you trying to guard you, and not just the visual distractions but all the sensory components that go on in competition.
Yeah, it’s a lot of things that go on. The lighting, the fans- people would think that you don’t always see those kinds of things, but those factors are always getting picked up some way. The glasses make you focus, you know, you have to focus on whatever you’re doing. With my trainer when he’s running drills or throwing footballs or different objects at me, if I’m not focused, they’ll hit me in the face. So, you have to focus when training and I think that translates to what I do for a living in playing the game.
The first time I spoke with you, you said something that stuck with me- “600 Catches Later”. I thought that was very cool and unique to you as a football player who holds records for most receptions in their first 6 seasons in the NFL. When you say, “600 Catches Later”, what does that mean to you?
For me it’s just a testament to all the hard work, all the countless hours, all the things that people don’t see me doing- and that translating into 600 catches. You know, it’s an amazing feeling. In the league I’m known for how I catch the football more than anything, so that’s part of it.
[the phrase] "600 catches later" is just a testament to all the hard work, all the countless hours, all the things that people don’t see me doing- and that translating into 600 catches.
I bet. In those 600 catches do you have any memories that stick out- favorite catch, least favorite catch?
I think the one that’s most special is probably against the Indianapolis Colts, my second or third year with the Dolphins? We were playing the Indianapolis Colts when I was with the Dolphins and I had a one-handed catch. It was a diving one-handed catch and I think that was probably one of my favorite catches.
Last year you were dealing with a significant injury, and you still didn’t miss a game. How did you balance rehab and training all the while playing through an injury?
Just staying consistent. I think that was the biggest thing for me- making sure that I took care of my body and making sure I did all the necessary things after practice and before practice and leading up to the game. That’s one of the things that I feel like I would tell my younger self to do sooner, you know, when I was in Miami I didn’t do as much. But now, a surgery later and some experience later, you start to see the importance of being consistent in taking care of your body.
Did you use strobe training throughout your rehab?
We did. Honestly that was part of it right from the beginning. And part of being re-introduced to the strobes my first year here in Cleveland, towards the beginning to middle of the season. I was nursing an injury but didn’t have a clear diagnosis of what the problem really was. During that time, it was just a lot of maintenance and figuring out how I could get myself to feeling 80% - 90% going into game day on Sunday. Then, after my surgery, I couldn’t do much as far as standing and walking around and getting around. I can remember I got home from surgery and two days later there I am getting off the table, putting the strobes on and sitting on the floor catching Heco Stix and tennis balls and footballs just because I couldn’t move around but I could sit there and still catch and work my eyes and hand-eye coordination. So, the strobes have been part of my rehab this year especially but part of my routine for the past couple of years.
2020 has been a crazy year for all of us- but especially for athletes. How was that experience getting surgery, then having the COVID pandemic hit and not being able to train with anyone for a while, then figuring out how the season and NFL was going to work?
Yeah, it was hard when it first initially started because our biggest thing, as we’ve been talking about, has been consistency. And I think at that point where quarantine first happened, I didn’t see a doctor or anything for about a month. My doctor Chad couldn’t fly, the places in Miami where I was living at the time closed, we didn’t know how serious everything was, I have a family, my mom is at high-risk, so I didn’t want to bring anybody into my home that could jeopardize my bubble at that time. Partially, I don’t think I minded it because it did give me a little more time to prepare for the season without having OTA’s (organized team activities) and things like that. But again, there was still a little bit of uncertainty about how things would come along after COVID. Like, we all thought it would end and it’s still going months later. Fortunately, though, for me I was able to get a little gym going in Florida where I could still do some stuff even though I couldn’t go anywhere. And once we figured out all the protocols and traveling protocols and things like that, I was able to get Chad around and be able to start getting people in the house to help me carry on when the world started opening back up. It made me feel like I could still be on-schedule instead of falling behind, so it worked out.
As pertaining to the last question: do you think having access to strobe eyewear could be an advantage even for high-school or earlier level athletes? COVID made training difficult for a lot of people because they’re stuck at home, but this technology is something you can use from home.
I think it’s never too early to pick up the strobes and work on these things- this goes for anything, it doesn’t just have to be football. It could be basketball, it could be baseball, it could be whatever sport. I would say, if you want to start in middle school, or whenever you start to play sports, this technology can help you more than it can hurt you. That’s a good question, I wish I had ‘em when I was in high school! The sooner, the better. I think now everything has picked up- if you go on instagram or social media all you see people doing is training. Even young kids training! Back then, when I was coming up, the technology we have now is not what it was then. So, as everything is all evolving, it allows people to see and use more things. Now, the younger generation can use these strobes and can use all these programs and softwares and take advantage of the technology to be able to better themselves. By the time they get to this level, they could be better than me maybe! In using the technology, it can make you aware of these skills that will allow you to go be a better hitter, or pass-catcher, or thrower. These younger kids now have a better shot at being good at whatever they want to be.
In using the technology, it can make you aware of these skills that will allow you to go be a better hitter, or pass-catcher, or thrower. These younger kids now have a better shot at being good at whatever they want to be.
If you could talk to high-school Jarvis Landry knowing what you know now, what advice would you give him?
Enjoy the ride, you know? Just enjoy life. I’ve always put all this pressure on myself, as a player and as a performer, to try and “make it”. But I always felt like my life was touched too, like I knew whatever I did I could be successful. I would tell myself to trust that and to just go with it.