HOLLYWOOD — Is there such a thing as talking trash without saying a word?
Jarvis Landry appeared to do just that Monday night at “JT’s Ping-Pong Smash 14,” the 14th annual tournament hosted by Jason Taylor at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
When the question came up over who’d win the featured showdown — Landry’s doubles team vs. Mike Pouncey’s — Landry simply sat back in his chair, crossed his arms with a paddle in hand and chilled as if he didn’t have a care in the world.
“We’ll see,” Pouncey said.
By night’s end, nearly $50,000 was raised for the foundations of the three men. Taylor said his recent induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame has helped his Jason Taylor Foundation, dedicated to South Florida’s youth.
“It’s helped us open a lot more doors, raise more money,” Taylor said. “It helps us charge more from our sponsors, which raises more money for the foundation. It’s really a platform to do good and reach out, be more accessible to more people. Listen, I’m the luckiest guy in the world to be able to do what I did for 15 years and go into the Hall of Fame and get out of this game pretty much healthy.”
The event attracted scores of past and present Dolphins including Jakeem Grant, John Denney, Sam Young, defending champion Kiko Alonso, Mike Hull, MarQueis Gray, Nat Moore, Joe Rose and Terry Kirby. The Heat’s Alonzo Mourning also participated.
Sitting between Landry and Pouncey, Taylor said, “I miss the game a little bit. I miss the paychecks a little bit. But I miss the guys like these two a lot. And that’s why bringing them around makes me feel whole again.”
Four active Dolphins made the playoffs: Grant, Denney, Landry and Alonso. Landry’s team was KO’d by a team led by Taylor’s son, Isaiah, and Alonso’s team was dethroned by the Palm Beach County duo of Steve Sadaka and Gary Nicklaus, Jack’s son.
And for the record, Landry’s team swept Pouncey’s in the prelims.
Also for the record, the duo of Dolphins beat writers Hal Habib of The Post and Adam H. Beasley of The Miami Herald were listed as losing to teams led by both Moore and Rose, but only due to a technicality in the system in which the teams with the most points were declared victorious.
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