Afraid of another miscarriage, Bridgette and Dwayne Delahoussaye visited a healing priest about 20 years ago.
The priest prayed over the couple — specifically Bridgette’s swollen belly.
A few months later, out popped a baby boy with a now familiar name to LSU fans: Colby.
“He’s always been really special,” Dwayne said.
Colby Delahoussaye continues accomplishing improbable feats. Being born was just the start.
The sophomore from New Iberia has made 18 of 19 field-goal attempts, and he most recently drilled a 50-yard game-winner in LSU’s 30-27 victory at Florida.
You heard of it, right? Delahoussaye’s career-long make sailed through the uprights, stunned more than 80,000 Gators fans in The Swamp and snatched LSU (5-2, 1-2 Southeastern) a confidence-boosting win ahead of Saturday’s home game against Kentucky (5-1, 2-1).
Delahoussaye received more than 70 text messages immediately after the game. He slept little Saturday night, woke up early for church Sunday morning, then received more texts and calls.
“It was a lot,” a smiling Delhoussaye said this week.
The Cajun boy from southern Louisiana did it again: He made a field goal.
Delahoussaye has made 94.7 of his attempts. That’s second nationally among active college kickers. And his only miss, a 31-yarder last season against Furman, came when he had an injured groin.
“He’s a real focused person,” Dwayne Delahoussaye said in explaining the accuracy.
Said Colby: “When I get on the field, it’s almost like everything just clears.”
Before Colby knocked in his game-winner, he had to win the kicking job last fall camp as a walk-on redshirt freshman. Before he chose LSU over a handful of scholarship offers, Colby had to give up his one, true love: soccer.
Before he began kicking footballs in seventh grade, he had to pop from his mother’s womb — no easy task.
Bridgette Delahoussaye had three miscarriages in an 11-year span – while also birthing four other children.
“It’s hard for a woman to lose children,” Dwayne said.
Colby is now the tallest of the Delahoussaye clan: 5 feet, 101/2 inches.
The Delahoussaye family isn’t different from many in southern Louisiana. The family background is French and Spanish, with a touch of Irish. Bridgette Delahoussaye is “a tad bit over 5 feet,” Dwayne said with a chuckle.
Colby is the youngest of the five children: two brothers, Courtney, 32, and Cody, 28; and sisters Carly, 26, and Caely, 23.
At least one of the family members is at each LSU game, but much of his family gathered at his sister’s house to watch Saturday’s game. They had a “gumbo party,” Dwayne said.
What’s that? “Gumbo and football,” he said.
They all gathered around the TV and watched Colby’s kick fly through the uprights with three seconds left.
“Grown men were crying,” Dwayne said.
On TV Saturday night, Dwayne saw a man in Gainesville, Florida — a far cry from the boy who used to kick a soccer ball, barefoot, so hard inside the house that his mother ran him out to the yard.
Colby began playing soccer at an early age. Dwayne remembers him kicking a ball as early as age 2 or 3.
Colby was a natural at soccer, and his favorite player — to this day — is Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo. Colby played right defender his first three years at New Iberia High, breaking the single-season assist record his freshman season, then re-setting it as a sophomore and junior.
Moved to striker as a senior, Colby finished his career as the school’s all-time scoring leader.
His development as a football kicker began in junior high. His first training started in the backyard of former Grambling kicker and New Iberia native Tim Manuel. Manuel had goalposts behind his New Iberia home.
“It was convenient,” Colby Delahoussaye said. “He was my first kicking coach ever.”
Delahoussaye also worked with current New Orleans Saints kickoff specialist Thomas Morstead, and he attends a kicking camp in Wisconsin each summer to hone his kicking skills.
Delahoussaye passed on scholarship offers to Houston and some Division II and III schools for a walk-on offer from LSU. He redshirted as a true freshman, hit his first nine field goals in his first year last season, and earned a scholarship in the spring.
Quite an unbelievable run, right?
“For sure,” Delahoussaye said. “I’ll take it and try to stay as humble as possible knowing that there’s so many people in this world that’d love to do and play college football and don’t get the chance. I’ve got to take it and enjoy every second I have with this team.”