News

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is given annually to the top defensive back in college football. Read about Grant Delpit, the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award Recipient.

2019 Jim Thorpe Award Recipient Grant Delpit Set to Tour Rehab Center

Paycom Jim Thorpe Award winner Grant Delpit, a member of the National Championship Louisiana State University team, will tour the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation facility at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb. 4, starting at 10:00 a.m. Delpit will visit with patients and sign autographs before attending a luncheon being held in his honor at the facility.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is given annually to the top defensive back in college football. Grant Delpit grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana before his family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Delpits moved to Houston, Texas where Grant attended Lamar High School. Delpit was a standout athlete at Lamar and transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida where he excelled on the football field. He finished his senior year at IMG with 47 tackles, five interceptions and six pass breakups. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and was a consensus four-star prospect. Following high school, Grant attended Louisiana State University, (LSU) on an athletic scholarship.

As a Freshman at LSU Delpit played in all 13 games for the Tigers. He finished fourth on the team with 60 tackles and recorded one interception and nine passes defended. He had at least one tackle in every game during his freshman season. Delpit continued his stellar play for the Tigers as a Sophomore, finishing the 2018 season as a consensus All-American and First Team All-SEC and a finalist for the Nagurski Award. He led the SEC in interceptions with five and finished number two in the league in passes defended with 14. Delpit wrapped up his sophomore year with 74 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery setting up what would become a memorable junior season.

Grant entered the 2019 season as one of the top defensive backs in the country and would finish it as one of the best DBs to ever play at LSU. A consensus All-American at safety, Delpit became the first LSU player named first team Walter Camp All-America in consecutive seasons since running back Charles Alexander in 1977-1978. He also became the third LSU player to win the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, joining Patrick Peterson, 2010 and Morris Claiborne, 2011. Grant recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and one sack in 2019.  He also added a fumble recovery and eight passes defended. He played a key role in LSU’s dominate performance over the University of Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 2019 Peach Bowl, recording three tackles while holding Oklahoma to just 225 yards passing. Delpit again lead a dominate LSU defensive performance in the 2019 National Championship game against Clemson. He finished the game with 6 tackles, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble as LSU won its fourth national title in program history.

The Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is named after history’s greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, and is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Thorpe excelled at every sport in which he competed, including football where he played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame will honor Delpit at the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Banquet on Tuesday night, Feb. 4, 2020, in Oklahoma City. The banquet will be held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.