For Immediate Release
October 13, 2010
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The National Football League announced today that Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a Week 5 win over Green Bay.
Landry registered a game-high 13 tackles (10 solo) and created both Redskins turnovers in a 16-13 overtime victory. On the Packers’ first series, Landry forced a fumble that gave the Redskins the football at the Green Bay 21-yard line. On the Packers’ final possession, Landry intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass in overtime, which gave the Redskins the ball at the Packers’ 39 and set up Graham Gano’s eventual 33-yard game-winning field goal. It was the fourth time in Landry’s career that he caused two turnovers in the same game.
Landry was instrumental in holding the Packers to 13 points, their lowest total in 38 regular season games, including zero on their final seven positions. The Redskins also allowed Green Bay to convert just 2-of-13 third-down attempts (15%).
Through the first five weeks of the season, Landry leads the NFL with 52 tackles (according to NFL GSIS) and has registered a sack, interception and forced fumble.
This is Landry’s first career weekly honor and the Redskins’ first of the season. Brian Orakpo was the last Redskin to win NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors, which he received following Week 14 of last season. Landry is the seventh Redskins safety to earn the award and the first since Chris Horton following Week 2 in 2008.
Since the NFL started awarding weekly honors in 1984, a Redskins player has won 77 times, including 30 NFC Defensive Player of the Week awards.