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Sep 20, 2013 11:33 AM by PRESS RELEASE

QB Jake Delhomme Named to MidSouth Banks Board of Directors

MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. announced that Jake Delhomme has been appointed to the Board of Directors of its subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, effective Sept. 18, 2013.

The retired NFL Pro Bowl quarterback, 38, has served as an advisory board member since May of last year.

The appointment brings the number of MidSouth Bank directors to 14. Delhomme is currently a member of the Director's Loan Committee, which provides key leadership to the bank by thinking as an owner in managing credit, interest rates, liquidity, compliance, and reputation risk.

"Jake's association with the bank in an advisory capacity over the past year and a half has been mutually beneficial," MidSouth Bank Board Chairman Will Charbonnet said in announcing the new director. "He has mentored young bankers, instilling a strong work ethic in them, and in turn been mentored by our veteran board members, which is among the many reasons the bank wanted to formalize his association with the board. We are pleased this well-respected individual has accepted this new role with our growing financial institution."

The former UL Lafayette standout was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in the 1997 NFL Draft. In 2003 he signed with the Carolina Panthers and was the starting quarterback from 2003 to 2009, breaking multiple franchise records and leading the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003. He went on to earn the starting quarterback position for the Cleveland Browns in 2010 but was sidelined with an injury, leading to the final step in his professional athletic career with the Houston Texans in 2011, where he was a veteran backup QB.

MidSouth Bank hopes to benefit from the many lessons about business and perseverance Delhomme learned in his 14 years in the NFL. Added Charbonnet: "Jake's skills, experiences and contributions, as well as his strong ties to the community, will play a key role in the bank's continued development and growth."

Along with his brother and father, Delhomme spends his retirement from the NFL raising and training thoroughbred race horses and was recently named president of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

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