Fred McAfee was named to the 2015 Class of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 25, 2006.
Former Mississippi College and New Orleans Saints running back and current Saints Director of Player Development Fred McAfee was named to the 2015 Class of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, the organization announced Thursday afternoon.
The Philadelphia, Miss., native is a 1991 graduate of Mississippi College was one of six inductees including Brett Favre, Clarence Weatherspoon, Gwen White, Mike Dennis and Steve Knight.
McAfee was an All-American running back at Mississippi College where he rushed for 4,416 yards and scored 38 touchdowns for the Choctaws from 1987-90. As a senior he rushed for 1,583 yards and 17 touchdowns and finished third in the Harlon Hill Trophy voting. McAfee played 16 seasons in the National Football League with New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1991-2006. He is in his fifth year as Director of Player Development for the New Orleans Saints,
"I think Forrest Gump is the only person that can understand what my career was like," McAfee joked at the announcement. "I was a pole vaulter. I was an All-American in track but never really ran. Then I picked up a football towards the end of high school and turned into a career."
He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2002 and played with the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX in a losing effort to the Cowboys. He is the only player in Saints franchise history to be on the roster for three (1991, 2000, 2006) of the team's division titles. The 1991 season was his most prolific, offensively, as he rushed a career-high 109 times for 494 yards and two touchdowns. However, upon his return to New Orleans in 2000, McAfee had evolved into one of the NFL's elite special teams players. His invaluable leadership, intelligence and understanding of the kicking game helped the Saints special teams units become among the elite. In his Pro Bowl season, the Dallas Morning News listed New Orleans as having the league's No. 1 special teams in the publication's annual ranking.
Following the close of his playing career, which ended on Dec. 31, 2006, when he scored a touchdown on his final carry, McAfee made a successful transition into the club's front office as the Director of Player Development. In this position he organizes continuing college education opportunities, internships, life skills training seminars, financial education and family assistance. He serves as a conduit between players and their dealings with coaches and management. Possibly the most important aspect of his job is how he helps rookies make the transition to the NFL. He also helps former players in making the transition into life following their careers.