Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Dec 2006

Giants Sign Sean Landeta

Sean-freaking-Landeta has been allowed a weekend pass from the retirement home to punt for the Giants this weekend in the case that Jeff Feagles is unavailable. Of course, Jeff Feagles is only four years younger than Landeta himself. Not only is Landeta one of my favorite NFL players of all time (even when he made the move to Philadelphia), but he's the NFL's last link to the original Tecmo Bowl.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 02 Dec 2006

16 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2006, 5:17pm by Weekly Journalist


by Marko (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 12:06am

When I think of Sean Landeta, I always think of his famous whiff in the 1985 playoffs in Soldier Field, which Shaun Gayle "returned" 5 yards for a touchdown (the shortest punt return touchdown in NFL history). Good times.

by RobM (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 12:41am

and the USFL lives on.

by NF (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 1:12am

It amuses me that the Giants bring in someone older than Feagles as an emergency backup.

And this comes just as Sean Landeta is being selected to be a finalist in the FFaSTHoF. Did Junior Seau inspire him?

by Mike W (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 1:48am

What? Did Studio 54 reopen?

by dryheat (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 10:51am

Is there any reason that Cleveland can't suit up Jim Brown as player/ambassador?

by DNL (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 11:29am

Instead of ROBO-PUNTER, maybe we need CYBORG-LANDETA?

by Charles (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 2:31pm

5: Because he'd be the best running back on the team.

by Mike (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 4:59pm

So, with Landeta returning to activity, has the USFL officially outlasted the XFL in terms of alumni?

by masocc (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 8:23am

Not likely, Mike. Landeta would have to outlast:

1) Kevin Kaesviharn
2) Mike Furrey
3) Corey Ivy

Perhaps more. But those are the decent remaining ex-XFLers, off the top of my head.

by L-Jam (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 11:36am

Who cares about the NFL? We now have an active player again who was in the original Tecmo Bowl.

by L-Jam (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 11:39am

Wait, my bad. I didn't read the preview. I thought for a second Morten Andersen was the Tecmo Bowl representative, but then I remembered New Orleans wasn't in the first one.

How many guys from Super Tecmo are still playing? Off the top of my head, I think there are:

1. Favre (backup QB for Atlanta).
2. Feagles.
3. Landeta.
4. Seau, I think...

by Travis (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 12:09pm

Re: 11

Favre wasn't in the original Nintendo version of Tecmo Super Bowl. (He was in the SNES version, as the Packers QB.) Players currently on NFL rosters who were in Tecmo Super Bowl all have 17+ years of NFL experience:

Morten Andersen
Jeff Feagles
Vinny Testaverde
John Carney
Junior Seau
Ricky Proehl (just signed with the Colts)
Sean Landeta

by ToxikFetus (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 12:21pm

Wait, my bad. I didn’t read the preview. I thought for a second Morten Andersen was the Tecmo Bowl representative, but then I remembered New Orleans wasn’t in the first one.

Damn East coast bias :-). I do remember being pissed as a kid when I got the game and my team wasn't represented.

by Disco Stu (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 1:16pm

What will have the last active alum- Tecmo or RBI Baseball? Clemens and Julio Franco are still going strong...

by L-Jam (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 2:06pm

#14: RBI Baseball. Julio Franco is shooting to play in 2010.

by Weekly Journalist (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 5:17pm

I bet Derrick Thomas would still be playing. I still remember when Darrell Green retired thinking that soon none of the Tecmo Super Bowlers would be left.

Although if you squint, Donovan McNabb looks a lot like QB Eagles.