Spring 2021 Magazine

Browns' Jarvis Landry keeps the Bible with him at all times, puts God 'before me'

If HBO’s “Hard Knocks” taught us anything about Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, it’s that he loves using a very particular catchphrase: “Bless ’em.”

In a recent sit-down with GQ, however, the former Miami Dolphins wideout went into more detail about the God who blesses him. Identifying 10 things he can’t live without, the three-time Pro Bowler lists the Bible — and his faith — as essentials to his everyday life.

“My mama would be so proud of me,” he says. “You know, I keep [the Bible] with me everywhere I go. I’m a firm believer in God, and there’s a lot of negativity and a lot of evil out here, so we stay prayed up. So we keep the Bible with us at all times. I think my favorite verse is probably Proverbs 21:21.”

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” — Proverbs 21:21

Landry continued by noting that he takes time before each of his NFL games to spend a moment with God.

“After every national anthem,” he says, “I kind of go down to the 2-yard line, symbolizing that I put God right before me. I get down on all fours, put my head on the ground and just really surrender to Him and ask Him for the strength to go out here and do what I do … and thanking Him, really.”

Landry hasn’t been shy about his faith before, either. He frequently uses his Twitter profile, “God_Son80,” to proclaim his trust in God, saying he “wouldn’t be here today without it.” He’s also gone on record describing himself “first and foremost (as) a man of God.”

Originally a second-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 2014, Landry starred at LSU alongside Odell Beckham Jr. before entering the NFL. After four years in Miami, where he topped 100 receptions twice and earned three Pro Bowl appearances, “Juice” was traded to the Browns.

Under contract on a five-year deal in Cleveland, Landry has been among rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield’s favorite targets in 2018. On Sunday, he had 10 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Browns’ 26-23 loss to the Buccaneers in overtime.

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