Delmas has overcome many obstacles, nothing more serious than his parents walking out on him at an early age in Miami.
He was taken in by fellow 2009 NFL draftee E.J. Biggers and his family. Biggers was the most highly-touted prospect Western Michigan landed in 2005, but Head Coach Bill Cubit saw also enough potential in his teammate Delmas to offer him a scholarship.
Here are 12 questions for him:
With so much attention being paid to fellow 2009 NFL draftee Michael Oher and his background, what is your opinion on the matter coming from a similar situation?
Oher’s father was killed while Oher was in high school, and his mother had a serious drug addiction. Oher and his siblings had to fend for their own meals.
How did you overcome the abandonment of your childhood? That would have devastated many children, yet you have overcome that and many other obstacles in your life.
You gave money to a disadvantaged boy that was only seeking an autograph. Could you see a part of yourself in him?
What did you say to E.J. Biggers and his family on draft day?
Biggers was selected in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; his family raised Delmas.
Since the Biggers are your “adopted” family, who would be another role model in your life?
Your high school coach Jeff Bertani pushed you towards Western Michigan, looking back was WMU the right choice for you?
You’ve seemed to have a close relationship with Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit, is there any specific thing that attributed to your relationship?
You’ve mentioned admiring the way Ed Reed plays the game, is he the player you would compare yourself too?
How does it feel to be the first safety selected in the 2009 NFL Draft?
How does it feel to stay in the state of Michigan, allowing you to stay close with former coach Bill Cubit?
You’ve become quick friends with fellow rookie and quarterback Matthew Stafford. What drew you two together?