Jake Delhomme On Induction Into Louisiana Sports Hall Of Fame [Video]
Former Carolina Panthers and Ragin' Cajun Quarterback Jake Delhomme will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame this week.
Delhomme is about as Louisiana as it gets. Cajun, to be more specific. He played his high school ball at Teurlings Catholic, where he is still a very present entity and revered as a legend in the football program. The man who grew up in Breaux Bridge then took his skilled arm to play for Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns, where he set school records for passing yards (9,216), attempts (1,246), completions (655) and touchdowns (64). Then he was signed by the Saints after going undrafted. Can it get more Louisiana than that?
After spending three seasons on the practice squad in New Orleans, Delhomme signed with the team he made his hay with, the Carolina Panthers. After replacing Rodney Peete at halftime against the Jacksonville Jaguars early in the 2003 regular season, Delhomme led the Panthers to the Super Bowl in his very first season. He still holds franchise records for game winning drives (23), passing yards (19,258) and TD's (120).
The guy who every team passed up in the draft ended up starting 96 games in the NFL, posting a 56-40 record (5-3 in the playoffs) and conducting himself like a consummate professional the entire time.
The people of Acadiana try to be humble, hard working and happy, regardless of the task at hand. Delhomme is all of those things, which is why he is an absolutely fitting inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. For his work on the field and in the community, the state is rewarding him for the pride he shows on a regular basis.
In the video below, Delhomme explains why this specific accolade means so much to him. With all the awards he's collected over the years, this one still hits home.