Delvin Breaux Sr. announces retirement after All-Star career with Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Published March 24, 2021 at 2:45 pm

Delvin Breaux Sr. announces retirement after All-Star career with Hamilton Tiger-Cats

After eight years of professional football—five of them in the Canadian Football League—multi-time All-Star Delvin Breaux Sr. announced his retirement.

The defensive back spent all of his time in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2013-14, 2018-20) and spent three seasons in the National Football League with the New Orleans Saints (2015-17).

“I just want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to make my journey pass through Hamilton, Ontario,” Breaux wrote in his farewell message.

“I pursued this dream because I wanted to show each and every individual that there is hope inside that no one can ever take away from you when you believe in yourself. I want to thank my dad and my moms for raising me to be a tough son of a gun: “BUILT BREAUX TOUGH!”

Breaux Sr., 31, played 49 career games with the Tiger-Cats, registering 110 defensive tackles, one quarterback sack, two interceptions, 16 pass knockdowns, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, three tackles for loss and two touchdowns (one interception return, one fumble return).

He is also the author of “Unbreauxken,” which details his near-death experiences, near-career-ending injuries, and his battles with mental health.

“I want to thank my coaches and the organizations I was a part of for not just teaching me about the game, but more importantly about life itself,” added Breaux.

“I want to thank my brothers (teammates) for everything from showing me the way to enjoy the game without being serious 24/7, to playing with a smile on my face while I jam and beat wideouts up in the boundary. And finally, I want to thank the fans for bringing me in and accepting a Nola Bread kid for life. In Hamilton, you all supported me when I had no family or friends in town for the games and made me feel like I was at home and loved, so thank you! I know it’s just a dot on my timeline but it was a huge dot because of everything I dealt with early in my playing career.

Until next time, BREAUXSHOW, out.”

The 6-1, 210-pound boundary cornerback played in three Grey Cup games (2013, 14, 19), earned CFL All-Star honours twice (2014, 18), was an East Division All-Star three times (2014, 18, 19) and was named to the CFL’s First All-Decade Team in November 2020.

“It is extremely rare when you find a DB that possesses size, strength, speed, aggressiveness, competitiveness and confidence. Offences changed the way they game-planned knowing that #24 was manning the boundary,” said Orlondo Steinauer, Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“Delvin was one of the most dominant CFL corners of his era, and considering what he overcame early in his playing career, it makes his accomplishments at the professional level more than remarkable. So thank you, Delvin, for your time, dedication and commitment to the Tiger-Cats. We wish you and your family all the best during your next chapter.”

Breaux appeared in 22 NFL games in 2015 and 2016 before missing the 2017 season due to injury.

Overall, the native of New Orleans, Louisiana registered 64 total tackles, 20 passes defended, three interceptions and one fumble recovery with his hometown team.

He was also the Saints’ 2015 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award presented to select players in the NFL who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.

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