BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In town for the Saints' Hall of Fame weekend last month, cornerback Delvin Breaux broke out the ole' throwing arm for a Shuckers' first pitch, but don't think he's switching sports any time soon.
"I actually played baseball when I was five," Breaux said. "So I actually thought it was pretty cool just to get back out there and throw it a little bit."
Breaux said he realized pretty early on that baseball may not be the sport for him.
"My dad was like I don't know if baseball gonna work out," Breaux joked. "But, football worked out, and I love it."
To say football 'worked out' doesn't do justice to Breaux's story. After sitting on the sidelines for his entire college career after breaking three vertebrae in his neck, then working his way up through the Canadian Football League, Breaux finally got his shot, cracking the 53-man roster with his hometown Saints. The injuries haven't escaped his time with New Orleans, but the cornerback says he's feeling good to go.
"I've been feeling great, man," Breaux said. "I've been working my behind off this off-season and I'm ready to get back out there and show the world what they've been missing."
Only playing in six games last season from fibula and shoulder injuries, you'll understand if Breaux still flies a bit under the radar nationally - even if, arguably, his most famous teammate disagrees.
"He's been that way now for the last two and a half years, you know?" Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "Obviously he's plagued by the injury bug a bit.(We are) hoping he can stay healthy, but he has the ability to be a top-flight corner."
The Saints are hoping that's the case, which would make defensive coordinator Dennis Allen's job much easier. Either way, Breaux says to expect improvement from the defense in 2017.
"We're gonna be amazing," Breaux said. "We've been doing a great job in OTA's and guys are buying into the system, understanding what (Allen) wants of us to do as a defense, and we are responding."