IRVING, Texas – At Sunday’s Pro Bowl, L.P. Ladouceur will be a lone wolf.
He is the only member of the Dallas Cowboys not to be on Team Irvin, where Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Jason Witten, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick reside. Ladouceur is on Team Carter, coached by the Baltimore Ravens staff.
Regardless, he is just happy to be at the Pro Bowl.
“After 10 years, to get a little reward like this, it’s a little cherry on top of the Sunday for me,” Ladouceur said. “It’s pretty good.”
This is actually his third trip to the Pro Bowl. He made two as a guest of former Cowboys punter Mat McBriar.
Ladouceur was added as a need player. And he missed Jerry Jones’ initial phone call.
“I was hanging out with my daughter outside; it was so pretty out,” Ladouceur said. “I called back and didn’t get a hold of him but (Marylyn Love, Jones’ executive assistant) told me, ‘Congratulations.’ It was a Friday afternoon. I’m with my family. I didn’t even think about it, to tell you the truth. Just a call out of the blue.”
Ladouceur has been just about perfect since he got to the Cowboys in 2005. He turns 34 in March and is signed through 2017. He joked he wanted to play “until I’m 52.”
“I’d like to play out my contract and then we’ll see from there,” Ladouceur said. “My body feels great. I can’t tell you I can play until I’m 40, but some guys have done it. Just year by year.”
And 2014 was a good year.