Cowboys Long Snapper LP LaDouceur Making Plans for Life After Football

Originally published in Sports Day DFW, April 26, 2011.

The day after federal judge Susan Nelson lifted the lockout, several Cowboys players went to Valley Ranch and left when they realized they would not be allowed to work out in the facility. Long snapper L.P. LaDouceur wasn't one of them.

Instead he attended a free half-day class that was conducted by the Online Trading Academy in Dallas on Tuesday.

"Everything is up in the air right now," LaDouceur said about the NFL's labor situation. "I want to see and wait. Everything is going to get cleared and I am not worried about this."

Still, the league and many of the teams are operating under a cloud of uncertainty. For instance, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday he doesn't how the team will conduct business in the wake of Nelson's decision to nullify the lockout.

"We are in the process of determining just how we will proceed and when we will open the new year." Jones said at a news conference at Cowboys Stadium. "We have not done that."

But LaDouceur, who turned 30 last month, has started to think about life after football. He began considering his options in recent years and the work stoppage that has imperiled the 2011 season prompted LaDouceur to take action.

"I have been planning to do something after my career for a while now," LaDouceur said. "But the lockout really kind of propelled it for me. I'm at a crossroads. I realized I needed to do something else."

In the meantime, LaDouceur has been working out at an area gym and practicing with players such as kicker David Buehler and punter Mat McBriar.

"I am preparing," he said. "Most of us are optimistic that we will play next year."

But if they don't, LaDouceur doesn't plan to be idle. If all goes well, he will be building a financial portfolio that could benefit him for years to come.

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