NEW ORLEANS – Grant Delpit didn't know he would never go home.
He was 6 years old. He didn't know much. But his parents – and the neighbors on Morrison Road and New Orleans East – weren't prepared for it either. They didn't know what Hurricane Katrina would be like.
When the family went on a weekend trip to Memphis in August 2005, they did not notice that their house was going down on television and the roof was peeking over the water.
"I thought we were going on vacation and I thought we were going back," said LSU's security star. “It flooded the whole house. We had no flood insurance. Pay one bill less. We were in the east and it is not a flood area, so we actually had nothing.
"We came back and there was nothing."
Delpit, his parents, and his younger sister fled to their family in Houston, where up to eleven people crowded into a one-story house.
"It was pretty difficult, but it's something that a lot of people had to go through. I wasn't the only one," said Delpit. So it was pretty sad. I wish I could have stayed. "
The Thorpe laureate, who is on the country's top defensive, is now back home. In the stadium where Delpit was recognized as a child, who repeatedly ran up and down the game against Saints, the outstanding personality of the LSU will try to give his childhood teams their first national championship in 12 years.
"They used to tell it [my dad] that I would play there someday, ”said Delpit, remembering the other fans in the Superdome. "It is very special that my family is here and only plays for Louisiana in front of their home."
Delpit has always wanted to be part of the LSU's historic secondary line. He adored the "honey badger" tyrant Mathieu. He was called "Baby Jamal" [Adams],
"When [former coach Les Miles] called, that was a wrap, ”said Delpit. "I'm from Louisiana, grew up there, just saw the tigers play, all the great DBs that went through. In my opinion, it wasn't even a choice."
Delpit is likely to play his last college game Monday night. The junior is blocked for the first round of the next NFL draft.
Goodbye comes to the biggest place you can imagine.
"Something about Nola magic," said Delpit. "The circle closes, he was born and grew up in New Orleans, moves in with Katrina, sees the pictures of the Superdome, stands in the Superdome and falls apart.
"It's been a long time since we could really do something for Louisiana and do something useful for this state. Hopefully we can do it."