Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Delvin Breaux appears to have made up his mind about the potential 2020 CFL season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
From Breaux’s first-person piece at The Park Journal.com:
COVID-19 has opened my eyes to life after football. Honestly, f*** football. CFL, NFL, I’m tired bro. If we have a season starting tomorrow in Canada, you won’t find me there. I have too many great things going for me to play for 33 per cent of my salary. F*** that. My life is important and I haven’t been thinking of football.
Instead, I’ve been pursuing passions and business opportunities away from the field. I’m not focused on the future; I’m focused on the now.
He played 14 games in 2018 for Hamilton making 24 tackles, forcing two fumbles and scoring one touchdown while earning CFL all-star honours after coming back from the NFL. The Ticats made Breaux the highest paid defensive back in the CFL and he kept that title on the three-year pact signed in February 2019.
The six-foot-one, 210-pounder had two stellar seasons in Hamilton, including an all-star campaign in 2014, that led to him signing with New Orleans in 2015. He played all 16 games in his first NFL season, bursting on the scene and establishing himself as one of the top cover men in the league. In 2016 he only played in six games due to injury.
Then in 2017, Breaux was misdiagnosed with a leg contusion during training camp and it was later discovered that Breaux actually had a stress fracture on his fibula – team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri were fired as a result.
The required surgery and recovery caused Breaux to miss the entire 2017 season. Breaux became a free agent after the New Orleans Saints decided not to tender an offer to the restricted free agent. He visited the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, but did not sign a contract.
Breaux played in 10 games during the regular season in 2019, making 26 tackles, one interception and forcing one fumble. The 30-year-old was a key member of the stingiest defence in the CFL, Hamilton gave up a league-low 344 points as the Ticats produced a franchise-best single-season record at 15-3.
Players have been waiting to hear whether CFL games will happen, although athletes like Breaux aren’t going to wait anymore.