Delvin Breaux has had a very interesting football career that dates back to his high school days when he suffered fractures to his C4, C5 and C6 vertebrae but still clawed his way to making it to the NFL.
Not only that, the New Orleans native got to play with the hometown Saints as he finished his rookie campaign with 45 tackles and three interceptions. A broken fibula during the team’s first game of the 2016 season pretty much ended any hope of him progressing as he wanted and having the same injury the following year made it so much worse.
Breaux was originally diagnosed with a leg contusion and forced the team to fire two doctors over the misdiagnosis which cost him the entire year.
On Wednesday, Breaux appeared on the Straight-Up Saints to discuss his time with the team and his fallout with head coach Sean Payton.
“It was a tough time for me and my family, man. We didn’t know where to go or what was going to happen. We were going through the misdiagnosis, and I’ve never been through that before,” Breaux said. “They did what they did, and my fans kept asking me ‘Why did you just leave us?’ I didn’t just leave; you know what I’m saying. It was something else and I didn’t know it was. Me and Coach Payton were not on good terms. That situation was hatred, I’m just going to be f—king honest.”
His feelings towards Payton had him trying to avoid interaction with him at all cost.
“He didn’t give me any respect. I told him something was wrong with my leg, but he kept telling me to practice. It got to a point where I was like ‘Hey man, are you going to keep addressing this during practice and embarrassing me in front of my teammates?’ I felt like less than a man walking through the facility because I didn’t want to see him [Coach Payton]. When we had meetings, I was trying to duck Coach Payton. I already knew he was always going to tell me something because of our situation. I’m glad I’m able to tell my side of the story. He knew it was f—ked up. I know the reason why I was let go All the media attention, why didn’t he just tell people what was going on behind the scenes? He could have told people what was going on behind f—king closed doors. That’s something that didn’t sit well with me. He was harassing me because I wasn’t practicing when he knew something was wrong. Let me tell you something, Chris. I went out to practice for this man while I was hurting, and he kept asking doctors when I was going to be ready. Who the f—k is he? I’m thankful I’m not in this situation and I’m at where I’m at. I have no bad blood with the Saints organization, but that particular situation didn’t sit well with me. I used to have nightmares. It’s a business at the end of the day though, so you got to take it for what it is.”
Breaux is now out of the NFL entirely and playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and he couldn’t be happier. He actually was named an All-Star during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.