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“The funny thing about that play is I wasn’t even supposed to be on the field,” Deloatch said of the legendary play in NFL history. “Nobody knows that. There weren’t 11 men on the field, there were 10 actually and in the very last moment, the special teams coach pushed me out there.”
Deloatch, a 6-foot-2, 214-pound cornerback literally had no idea what to do when he scrambled onto the field. He had been signed by the Saints a week earlier and had just days to prepare for the Monday night game against the Atlanta Falcons.
He had no preparation for the play.
“The position I went in (to play), I’ve never played that position before, I didn’t know what to do. All I heard him say was, ‘Just go rush the kick, just rush the kick,’” Deloatch said. “And when I came off the ball, for some odd reason I remember Steve (Gleason) saying in meetings during the week that if there is an opening he can block the punt. In that play, I just happened to see the ball and I picked it up. That’s the great thing about it. I wasn’t even supposed to be in. I wasn’t even supposed to be out there. It was a man short and they just told me to go out there.”