Cowboys’ L.P. Ladouceur gets congratulations from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before record game
The Dallas long snapper signs up with the ranks of Canadian NFL history Getty Images
While it’s become a bit of a cliché to describe them as such, long snappers really are the unsung heroes of a football team insofar as if they’re doing their job correctly, you’ll never ever know their name. But Dallas Cowboys long snapper L. P. Ladouceur has been doing his job well for so long in relative anonymity– at least when compared to most other gamers on the group– that the leader of Canada understands his name.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out a message to the Cowboys player on Friday to congratulate ahead of playing in his 251st NFL game (Sun. Dec. 20 vs. 49ers on CBS at 1 p.m. ET), the most by any Canadian-born gamer in the league’s history. ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared the statement on Twitter, and noted that Ladouceur would be passing kicker Eddie Murray on the all-time list.
His durability is not only impressive in relation to his fellow compatriots, however also in the context of the group he plays for. This season is Ladouceur’s 16th with the Cowboys, which ties him for a lot of in franchise history with former Dallas tight end Jason Witten.
The long snapper originally comes from Montreal, Quebec, and went undrafted out of the University of California in 2005. That he was able to make the team at all is a well-known coincidence as he got a tryout with Dallas while the group was remaining in the Bay Area in 2005. Ladouceur was currently in the area as a local possibility, finished his tryout, and the rest ended up being a history-making profession.
With this noteworthy congratulations, Ladouceur signs up with the ranks of famous NFL gamers from Canada such as Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl champion Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.