When Bucs linebacker Danny Lansanah walks by you in the locker room, he normally has a scowl on his face. For those who don’t know the former UConn standout, it can be intimidating.
But as you holler out his name, or give him a “What’s up?” the big grin always breaks out. Lansanah’s outward exterior is much like his NFL career – a roller coaster filled with highs and lows. But now it appears the bumpy ride has finally hit a smooth patch, and the smile of Lansanah’s face is present a lot more these days.
This week, TheBigLead.com’s Jason McIntyre profiled the Bucs starter at strongside linebacker, chronicling his path over the last few years and even the time that Lansanah thought his football career was over, and he took a 9-5 desk job in his hometown of Harrisburg, PA.
“Instead, he landed a 9-5 desk job at Alternative Rehabilitation Communities in Harrisburg, helping troubled youths. At this point in Lansanah’s story, it’s important to note that his family is extremely religious – his father, Keith Avery, is a pastor – and all of them believe everything that helped get Danny to the top with the Packers was lost when success went to his head and he fell off his metaphorical path. In order for him to reach the summit again, he needed to be completely broken down.”
Another interesting part of the Lansanah profile is about the Buccaneers drafting linebacker Kwon Alexander, who may eventually be his replacement on the field one day. Instead of being bitter, Lansanah has embraced the compeition.
“I remember as a young guy, Desmond Bishop and AJ Hawk in Green Bay took me under their wings,” Lansanah said. “Quan comes to my house every night, and we study the playbook. If he beats me out, he beats me out. I’m not going to make it easy, and the coaches know that and they see that I’m about my business.”
To read the full story of Lansanah’s rise from the ashes, click here.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com