Cornerback Delvin Breaux selected as Saints’ 2015 Ed Block Courage Award winner _lowres

New Orleans Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux (40) leaps over Houston Texans running back Chris Polk (22) during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)

Delvin Breaux has come a long way.

Breaux, who was told his football career was over when he broke his neck as a senior at McDonogh 35, has started every game for the Saints and emerged as New Orleans’ best corner.

Now, Breaux’s teammates have selected him as the team’s 2015 Ed Block Courage Award winner, “given annually to a player from each National Football League team who has persevered through adversity.”

“It’s pretty cool because these guys see me every day and know my personality,” Breaux said. “I’m just blessed that they picked me to win the award. It means a lot. It’s an awesome award.”

Breaux, who was forced to give up a scholarship to LSU because of the injury, then fought his way back through semipro football, arena league ball with the New Orleans Voodoo and finally the CFL before signing with the Saints in the offseason.

Initially thought of as a depth signing, Breaux fought his way into the lineup, and he has 35 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and 17 passes defensed, a figure that ties him for ninth in the NFL.

— Guerry Smith contributed to this report.