Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:40 AM by Chris Welty
Updated: Sep 28, 2012 8:42 AM
A memorial for a life long Ragin Cajun is scheduled tonight.
UL will honor Bill "Blackjack" Landry with a statue over looking Cajun Field. He served as equipment manager for the football team from 1963 to 1998. For 35 years Blackjack Landry dedicated his life to UL athletics. He worked as an offensive quarterback manager, spotter, and even handled the team's laundry. He was dedicated to his job and became a friend to everyone he met.
"This guy gave his heart and soul to the University, he was special," said UL's Equipment Manager, Lynn Williams.
Blackjack was notorious for never missing work. Williams says Blackjack was the first one in and last one out. Blackjack also didn't have a car, he rode his iconic three wheel bike wherever he went. No matter rain or shine he would be with his team.
"He gave everything he had to the University, he accepted everybody as a friend."
In 1998 Blackjack lost his battle to cancer. It hit his family and friends, the people he dedicated so much time to at UL, hard.
Williams says Blackjack loved being on the field and dedicating a statue in his honor overlooking Cajun Field is the perfect way to remember his legacy.
"I can almost guarantee no other university has a statue to honor their equipment manager. This is what Bill was, people loved him."
Lynn Williams says Blackjack was one of his best friends and a man he truly looked up to.
Williams says, "I know this, we miss you Bill, I can't wait to work together one more time."
Bill "Blackjack" Landry's memorial will be unveiled tonight at 5:30 at Cajun Field's south entrance.
A scholarship in Blackjack's name will also be given away.
We did ask how Blackjack got his nickname but his friends say the story is a well kept secret and isn't appropriate to share.