I’ve been working on a small project for the PR staff here. Every game, they issue a gamebook to the attending media, full of statistics, storylines, notable information, connections between the teams, stuff like that — many of those little tidbits the announcers come up with during the game come from the gamebook.
What I’ve been doing is building a section on the off-the-field interests of the guys on the Redskins roster. It’s a good project for me, as it lets me build up potential future blogging material while also being of use to the organization as a whole. It’s a much more efficient use of time than simply wandering around the locker room mumbling to myself.
Some people are happy to list hobbies and favorite movies and family members and so on; others, for various reasons, are more reticent. One of the more close-mouthed people I’ve spoken to for this section was LaRon Landry. No matter how I framed the question, he steadfastly maintained that he had no interests whatsoever beyond playing football and hanging out. This is the ideal mindset for a safety on the football field, of course, but not so much for this particular project. He finally relented and acknowledged that he sometimes enjoyed buying stuff (“within a budget”), and that was that.
Yesterday I noticed this enormous, customized white Hummer H2 in the parking lot, and went immediately to find out whose it was. “Landry’s,” said Fred Smoot, who really is a font of knowledge about the cars in the parking lot here. I caught up with Landry to ask about the vehicle, and we had the following conversation. Remember, this is someone who claims to have no particularly strong interests.
So what’d you have done here?
I basically got all the plastic painted to all be white, that’s the first thing. I changed the wheels out – it came with 20s on it, and I put 30s on it because of my jersey number, that’s the only reason why.
I painted the brake housings candy orange, tinted it out, I’ve got custom sound everywhere: two fifteens, four six by nines. Two ten inch headrest TVs and a fifteen inch in the middle, and a Double Din in the front, which is navigation, so it’s four TVs total.
This is stating the completely obvious, but you really like cars.
Yeah, I’ve been loving cars since I was small. And I grew up liking fast cars and motorbikes – that’s what I grew up around.
By my count, just on what I’ve seen you in, you’ve got this, the big F-650, the two Lamborghinis – green and baby blue…
No, I don’t have the blue one, I just have the green one.
The blue one was just temporary?
Yeah, just the green one.
So do you have a favorite?
I have two favorites. My Benz – I have an S63 AMG Benz, y’know, that’s the all around great ride for me. And my Corvette, I love my Corvette probably a little bit more than my Lamborghini, because … it’s not that it’s a better car, it’s that if you’re gonna spend that much money on a Lamborghini you wanna take care of it. But with the Vette, I’ve done a lot of upgrades to my Vette: changed my heads, the cams, all kinds of stuff.
How do you pick which one to drive each day?
Depending on the weather and what type of day it is, certain cars I don’t like to pull out. Everyday driving, I drive my Benz, the Hummer, the Range Rover. The other cars, I really don’t like to pull ’em out except for special occasions or certain events.
As a result of this conversation, I’ve updated the gamebook to reflect that Landry has a slight interest in automobiles.