New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux has been named as the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner, as voted on by his teammates.

The Ed Block Courage award is given each year to one member of each NFL team, as voted on by the team's players. The award goes to a player they feel has persevered through the most adversity.

Considering Breaux's history, his selection was an easy choice.

A New Orleans native, Breaux played high school ball at McDonogh 35, earning a scholarship to LSU. However, in his senior year of 2006, he suffered a major neck injury during a game, breaking three vertebrae. He never received medical clearance to play football at LSU.

Following his time in Baton Rouge, Breaux did not give up his football dream, playing in the Gridiron Developmental Football League, before moving up to the Arena Football League, then moving up to the Canadian Football League, and then signing with the Saints this year.

This season, Breaux has started every game for New Orleans, procuring 35 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery and a team-high 17 passes defensed through the first 11 games.

Breaux released the following statement through the team earlier today:

“Given that I’ve been a member of this team for less than a year, I’m honored to have been selected for this award. While it’s a recognition of hard work and perseverance on my part, I would also like to thank my teammates and the entire Saints organization. The fact that my teammates voted for me to receive this honor in addition to their support and acceptance over the past year makes this even more significant. I’m also very appreciative of the Saints for providing me with the opportunity last January to play in the National Football League finally and for even better for my hometown team, which has made this journey even more satisfying.”