After his plays in tomorrow’s game between the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur will have played in more games than any native Canadian in NFL history. His 251st career game will break the record and this week he was honored by Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Primer Minister, for the milestone.
The previous record of 250 games was held by longtime NFL kicker Eddie Murray, who was actually with the Cowboys during their 1993 Super Bowl season and again in 1999.
Ladouceur has been with the Cowboys since 2005 and played every game since making his debut. Despite going undrafted and being waived by the Saints as a rookie, Louis-Phillipe has been perfect at his craft and his longevity is clear testimony to his performance.
Adam Schefter on Twitter: “The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, sent this message to Cowboys’ long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, who will play in his 251st NFL game Sunday and pass former kicker Eddie Murray for the most NFL games played by a Canadian. pic.twitter.com/9s9dZIYMCj / Twitter”
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, sent this message to Cowboys’ long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, who will play in his 251st NFL game Sunday and pass former kicker Eddie Murray for the most NFL games played by a Canadian. pic.twitter.com/9s9dZIYMCj
Trudeau’s glowing statement of Ladouceur praises not only his football acumen but also his charitable works in the state of Texas, where he’s now lived for over 15 years.
These next three weeks may be the end of Ladouceur’s historic run with the Cowboys. He will turn 40 next March, though we’ve seen long snapper and other specialists extend their career into their 40s if they’re still performing.
There could be some extra incentive for Ladouceur to play one more season with Dallas. If he plays six more games then he will break the Cowboys record for most career games by any player, which is currently held by Jason Witten at 255 games.
Witten broke the record in 2017 when he passed Ed “Too Tall Jones” at 224 games. Official records do not include postseason statistics so Ladouceur would have to return in 2021 if he wants the top spot.
But no matter what the future holds, L.P. Ladouceur will certainly represent Canada well this Sunday as he reaches this special career milestone. We echo the Prime Minister’s sentiment in congratulating Ladouceur on this achievement.