Sean Landeta


Sean Landeta

Infobox NFLretired


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position=Punter
number=5
birthdate=birth date and age|1962|1|6
Baltimore, Maryland
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undraftedyear=1983
debutyear=1983
finalyear=2006
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draftpick=
college=Towson
teams=
* Philadelphia Stars (USFL) (1983–1984)
* New York Giants (1985–1993)
* L.A./St. Louis Rams (1993–1996)
* Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997)
* Green Bay Packers (1998)
* Philadelphia Eagles (1999–2002)
* St. Louis Rams (2003–2004)
* Philadelphia Eagles (2005)
* New York Giants (2006)
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stat1value=1,401
stat2label=Punting Yards
stat2value=60,707
stat3label=Punting Avg
stat3value=43.3
nfl=LAN106026
highlights=
* 2x Pro Bowl selection (1986, 1990)
* 5x All-Pro selection (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1994)
* 2x Super Bowl champion (XXI, XXV)
* NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
* NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
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Sean Edward Landeta (born January 6, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former American football punter who played in both the USFL and the National Football League.

Landeta played almost half of his career for the New York Giants, where he won 2 championship rings in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. Landeta led the NFL with a 37.8 net average in 1989, and led the league with 24 punts in the 20 in 1990. Before his NFL career, he played college football at Towson University.

Landeta was the last active NFL player who played in the United States Football League of the 1980s. Landeta was also the last active player who appeared in the popular 1988 NES video game Tecmo Bowl. Landeta was also the last active player on the New York Giants 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl teams.

By then end of the 2005 season, Landeta had amassed 1,401 punts for 60,707 yards (43.3 yards per punt average), with 381 punts in the 20 and 166 touchbacks and a 35.3 net yard average. His punts, punting yards, and punts landing inside the 20 are all among the NFL's top 5 leaders in each category.

On December 2, 2006, the New York Giants signed Landeta as an insurance policy when punter Jeff Feagles developed a sore right knee. [cite news
last = Eisen
first = Michael
title = Giants Sign Landeta; Waive Legree
work = Giants.com
publisher = New York Giants
date = 2006-12-02
url = http://www.giants.com/news/eisen/story.asp?story_id=23602
accessdate = 2008-03-09
] Landeta was assigned jersey number 5—the same number he wore during his first tenure with the Giants. He appeared on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys on December 3, as Feagles appeared in his 300th NFL game, but Landeta remained inactive, and was released on December 6.

On March 6, 2008, the 25th anniversary of the first USFL game, Landeta officially announced his retirement from football. He became the last USFL player to retire from professional football.

High school career

Landeta grew up in Maryland. At Loch Raven High School in Towson, Maryland, Landeta was an All-City and All-Metro punter in his only season (1978). He first began playing organized football as a high school senior.

ee also

*History of the New York Giants (1979–1993)

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