That’s when his career path began to resemble a game of pinball.
Placed on the Saints’ practice squad for one season, Delhomme was allocated to the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, spent another season on New Orleans’ practice squad, returned to NFL Europe where he played for the Frankfort, Galaxy and was then placed on New Orleans’ active roster as a backup.
That’s kind of what kept me driving, kept me going.
“I was a free agent and I had a couple of opportunities, one in Dallas to compete for a starting job and another one in Carolina.
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After all, Smith could have simply sucker punched Delhomme.“But I’ll be quite honest, I was proud to play in the National Football League. You learn to respect the shield and everything the great game brings.” After retiring following the 2011 season, Delhomme’s family business brought him back home to Louisiana. “I’m a third-generation thoroughbred race horse owner,” Delhomme, who started Set-Hut Stables while he was with the Panthers, said.“I always knew I’d be in, and have some capacity in, the race horse business. I didn’t grow up hunting or fishing or playing golf. He always trained two or three horses at a time and it was something that I loved.” Delhomme, his dad, Jerry, and brother, Jeff, run the business.Because when you make that trip, it’s all business. I vividly can recall everything about that week and that game.Everything was fantastic except for the last four seconds.” Delhomme, who was voted to play in the NFL Pro Bowl following the 2004 campaign, would spend seven seasons with Carolina before concluding his 14-year career with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans.