"Joe Delery is a lifelong Catholic and has spent a career with the New Orleans Police Department using his 6-foot-3 frame to protect and serve with the best of them, intuitively knowing how to defuse a tense standoff with a disarming gift of gab.
"When he was a lanky freshman at De La Salle High School in 1972, he went out for the Cavaliers' JV football team, in part because of a backhanded comment he had received from a teacher at Christian Brothers School, Don Rowan, an old football coach from New Iberia, Louisiana. . . .
"Still, years later, Delery made a connection to football - in perhaps the most unlikely of places: St. Rita Church in New Orleans."
A recent Catholic News Services article reported on Mr. Delery's connection with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
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