With the 161st overall selection in the 1983 USFL Draft, Philadelphia Stars general manager Carl Peterson selected Towson State punter Sean Landeta.  Being chosen in the 14th round of a USFL draft, you would think that a player such as Landeta wouldn't go on to have a long or distinguished career in pro football.  You'd be wrong in that assumption.

Landeta, a native of Baltimore, not only made the Stars roster in 1983, but proceeded to be a factor in the team's three USFL championship game appearances, kicking the Stars out of bad field position on a number of occasions and leading the USFL in net punting in 1984 with an average of 38.1 yards.  The Sporting News chose Landeta to their USFL All-Star Team in each of the league's three years, and along the way the six foot tall punter won two USFL titles.

Signed by the New York Giants in 1985, Landeta began a 22 year odyssey in the National Football League that saw him play for five teams, including two different stints for three of them.  Initially with the Giants from 1985 to 1993 (and again in 2006), he went on to kick forthe Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams (1994-96 and again from 2003-04), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997), Green Bay Packers (1998), and Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002 and again in 2005).

Retiring as pro football's all-time leader in total punts and punting yardage, today Landeta resides on Long Island.  Along with Doug Flutie, Landeta holds the distinction of being the last players from the USFL to retire from football.


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