Sean Landez – ATH – Sharyland High School

Sean
August 20, 2014

Sean (Twitter) is one of the fastest players in South Texas. He became an internet sensation a couple of years ago but is now people have taken notice because of his overall game. Whether he’s defending the opponent’s best receiver or returning kicks, he’s fun to watch.

Over half a million people have watched your 109.9 yard touchdown return so how does it feel to be famous?

Although one play doesn’t define the true potential of an athlete, the touchdown has got my name out there a whole lot more recognition.

What was going through your mind as you caught the missed field goal and started your return?

As the ball was in the air, I had tunnel vision, it was the ball in the black sky and the lights from the stadium. No screaming, no nerves, nothing. As I concentrated on the ball I knew my feet were still in bounds. As I tiptoed on what seemed to be nearly a centimeter away from out of bounds I gained my balance and turned to my wall of blockers and they led me to the promise land! It was a great feeling.

You and the defense face a tough test Week 1 and you face Trevor Speights and the McAllen Memorial Mustangs. How do you stop a player like Trevor?

The Mustangs have a great team and they perform really well, especially blocking for Trevor. To be able to stop the run game, our defense is going to have to be discipline an know their assignments. Not over pursuing and being aggressive to the whistle is how we will stop a team like the Mustangs.

Fox Sports Southwest has named Vela at Sharyland the DQ Big Game Of The Week for September 29, 2014, what do you think the atmosphere will be like that night?

The atmosphere will be great, it’s Texas high school football! Emotions will be high, as Vela looks to gain vengeance. We know what we have to do and what goals we have as a team, so we just have to perform with the least mistakes. Me knowing some of the guys from there, I know they are hungry and have the will to win, so it’ll be a great night.

Does the winner of the Vela game go on to win the district championship

I believe that the winner of the game will go on to win the district title. Vela has established a great ball club since they opened and I believe they have great potential this year to be one of the top teams.

Do you think your success in track has helped you become more visible in the eyes of colleges?

These past few years, Coach Thomas Lee has pushed the track program beyond expectations, as we took around 8 guys to the Texas State meet this past year, it was great exposure for colleges to recognize speed.

You ran a 4.4 in the 40 this summer, do you think you could break into the 4.3 second range?

I believe I can hit a 4.3 this year. I’ve been working on my starts  to improve my time, so when I time again, it’ll pay off.

Could you play WR in college if that’s what was asked of you?

Playing WR in college would be great!  If I was asked to be a deep snapper, I would do it. Being a part of a team is a great thing. Bonds that get built with your teammates are memories that last a lifetime.

What piece of advice that you’d give young football players just starting out?

A piece of advice that I would give to young football players would be that, you win some and you lose some. That’s just the way it goes, my first year in a league of football my team and I did not win a single game. The hunger to win grew inside of me, so I kept working hard for what I wanted. What I wanted was simple, to win. So as long as you keep working hard, don’t let a loss knock you down nor a win keep you on top of the mountain, stay humble through success. Keep on doing things to make you better not only on the field, but in life… and in the long run, you will be a winner.

Thank you for your time and good luck this season.

Thank you for everything, God is great.

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