The Best of the New Orleans Saints 2015 Season

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New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux
Oct 4, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux (40) against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Delvin Breaux

Talk about an epic story of overcoming adversity. Delvin Breaux has seen his fair share of hardships, which is why it’s only right to name him the New Orleans Saints’ 2015 Ed Block Courage Award winner.

Between hard work and preparation, Breaux, once an LSU-bound prospect, was an absolute treasure in his rookie year for New Orleans.  If it wasn’t for a devastating neck injury in high school nine years ago that ended his dreams of playing with the Tigers in Baton Rouge, he could have been doing these things in the NFL years ago.

Breaux broke three vertebrae in his neck in 2006 during a game his senior year at McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans.  After joining LSU, he never received medical clearance to play, which led to his departure and eventually his decision to give semi-pro football a shot.

Between 2012-2014, Delvin Breaux spent time in both the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, including a stint with the New Orleans Voodoo.  But in 2015, he finally got his shot at the big leagues after New Orleans signed him to a three-year deal in January as a free agent out of the CFL.  He left the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to join his hometown Saints.

In his first year, Breaux totaled 45 combined tackles, three interceptions, and 22 passes defended (sixth in the NFL).  He had the ninth-highest Pro Football Focus grade (+11.8) for all cornerbacks, allowing only 48.8% of the passes thrown his way to be caught.  A guy who didn’t even go to college posted Pro Bowl-caliber numbers as a rookie.  This kid has an incredibly bright future.  The Saints without question hit the jackpot.

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