Statistically, Dan Bailey is already one of the best Dallas Cowboys kickers ever. He directs much of the credit for his success to his calm and steady longsnapper – Montreal’s L.P. Ladouceur.
“LP, he does a third of my job, it all starts with him and he’s been doing it for a long time. I’m really lucky to have him,” Bailey told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I put him up there with some of the best in the league and I have a lot of respect for what he does. He makes my job easier.”
According to NBC Dallas Fort Worth reporter Scott Crisp, with Ladouceur delivering the ball to the holder (punter Chris Jones) in the past three years, Bailey has made 90.5 percent of field goal attempts. In the past two years, he’s made better than 93 percent of attempts and he has never missed an extra point. http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star/Dan-Bailey-Credits-Long-Snapper-LP-Ladouceur-267050301.html
“It’s a tremendous battery that has to be in sync all the time,” special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia told NBCDFW.com. “The expectation is it’s going to be right all the time, but they have to have a tremendous amount of respect for one another by the way they prepare and by way in which they work, and when there’s usually something a little off, it’s not a problem, because someone’s going to fix it.”
In 2013 the eight-year veteran signed a five-year deal with Dallas, giving him the opportunity to spend his entire NFL career with one team.
Leading up to the contract, the six-foot-five, 255-pound Ladouceur played in125 consecutive regular-season games, and had a string of 493 punts, 214 field goals and 302 converts without missing a snap.
The 33-year-old Montreal native began longsnapping in high school, where he also punted, kicked and played on the defensive line. He went on to play at the University of California as a defensive lineman and didn’t take up longsnapping full-time until his junior season.
His first pro contract came when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2005. He joined the Cowboys later that season.
In a 2013 interview with CP’s Dan Ralph Ladouceur said there are two keys to success for a longsnapper.
“First is practice, you obviously want to do the same thing consistently and have to do it over and over and over again, that’s just the way it is,” he told Ralph. “Also, confidence is a key, knowing you’re better than a situation, knowing going in you’re going to make it. That’s how you get good doing this job.
“You can’t go in hoping you’re going to make it. It’s like if you had a seven-iron and there was a bunker on the right and water on the left you’re not going to say, ‘That’s a big bunker,’ or ‘That’s a lot of water,’ and hit it short. You have to go for it and that’s how I approach it.”
According to Dallas Star Telegram reporter Charean Williams, Ladouceur’s other passion is international travel.
“I’d like to go to Cape Town. I’d like to do a safari. And I’d like to get in a cage and see a great white shark,” Ladouceur told Williams.
Here are his five favorite trips so far:
1 “It’s really hard to beat Pebble Beach.”
2 “I really liked Salzburg, Austria. It’s really pretty. It’s just so cool how you’re in the mountains right there and the waters are the bluest you’ve seen them, because they were caved lakes.”
3 “Monte Carlo. Just the wealth in Monaco, and the craziness of people who have too much money, and they show it. The restaurants and the casino. I’m a big James Bond fan.”
4 “We got married in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. It’s a really nice place. It had some really cool spots for snorkeling.”
5 “Obviously the last one has to be Machu Picchu. The procession to get there is like a four-day hike, and you’re so tired by the time you’re done, and you get there the morning of, and you go through the sun gate.” http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/08/04/6018642/cowboys-hot-routes-lp-ladouceurs.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy