HOUSTON -- Jake Delhomme had told some other teams no. There were a couple during training camp, and one during the season. He was content being a dad. Had moved from Cleveland back to Louisiana. Wanted to get his kids home, he said. That was going to be the deal. Dad was going to be home, being dad. He doesn't need the money.
And yet he watched every game, every Sunday. Once a week, he would go out and throw the football. It has been a long career, but Delhomme is still just 36.
But then the Texans called. The Texans are 8-3, leading the AFC playoff race.
"This is my 15th year, and I can vividly remember all the times you're making a push," he said. "There's nothing like it. It's the best."
Delhomme played in a Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers at the end of the 2003 season. He led them to the playoffs again in 2005 and 2008, when he threw five interceptions in a playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, a performance from which he never ...