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Landeta Brings Super Bowl Magic to Roslyn

Former Giant great visits delicacies; signs autographs before the big win

Last Sunday, New York Giants football fans experienced another thrill of a lifetime as the Giants won their second Super Bowl title in four years, defeating the New England Patriots in come-from-behind fashion.

For Giants fans in Roslyn, the day got off to a great start as longtime Delicacies customer Sean Landeta visited his favorite Roslyn establishment to meet and greet the fans, sign autographs and stock up for the big game. Sean visited Delicacies from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and signed autographs for no charge.

“We are huge sports fans and we are always trying new things to please our customers,” said owner Jim Zanfardino. “We may have to name a sandwich after Sean, no baloney! It was a great day for Delicacies and a great day for the Giants and the fans.”

Landeta is no stranger to Super Bowl glory. He played almost half of his amazing 22 seasons in the NFL for the New York Giants, where he won two championship rings in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. He also played for the Rams, Buccaneers, Packers and Eagles. Landeta led the NFL in punts with 107 in 1999, led the NFL in gross punting in 1994 with a 44.8 average, led the NFL with a 37.8 net average in 1989, and led the league with 24 punts inside the 20 in 1990.

Landeta’s career included playing for five different teams between 1985 and 2006. Landeta was named to the 1980s All-Decade Team as the first punter and the 1990s All-Decade Team as the second punter, as chosen by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee members.

By the time Landeta retired, he had amassed 1,401 punts for 60,707 yards (43.3 yards per punt average), with 381 punts inside the 20 and a 35.3 net average. His punts, punting yards, and punts landing inside the 20 were either first or second in NFL history at the time of his retirement. Landeta was also the longest tenured punter in NFL history and is still the oldest punter to ever appear in an NFL game.