Release from WWL Radio
Saints Hall of Famer and fan favorite Deuce McAllister will team up with Jim Henderson as color analyst on WWL's Saints Radio Network. Deuce joins WWL following the death in April of beloved former Saint and scout Hokie Gajan, who served as the color analyst for the past 15 years. Deuce had filled in for Hokie Gajan last year during his battle with cancer. Now, the player Hokie admired on the field, who electrified the dome and captivated the hearts of Saints fans everywhere, will follow in his footsteps, bringing the same passion, knowledge and love for the game into the WWL broadcast booth.
"Hokie and the Saints are synonymous, to be given the opportunity to follow someone so entrenched in the history and tradition of Saints football, I'm grateful," said Deuce, the Saints all-time leading rusher. "If you can't play the game, what's more exciting than calling a game? Everybody loves Saints football and everybody listens to WWL...it's a win-win situation! I look forward to working with Jim Henderson again, he's the best in the business!"
The legendary "Voice of the Saints" Jim Henderson couldn't be happier, "There are very few people that I could foresee succeeding Hokie Gajan, but Deuce McAllister is at the top of a very select list. I look forward to a long and prosperous association with Deuce just as I enjoyed with Hokie since the year 2000, the year of the Saints first playoff victory."
"Deuce McAllister was our first choice and the Saints first choice. He was a great player. He's a great guy," said Chris Claus, VP/GM of Entercom New Orleans. "We were so impressed when he filled in for Hokie. Deuce and Jim had immediate chemistry. He brought interesting insights about the team and the game and he connected instantly with Saints fans," continued Claus.
And, what does Bobby Hebert think about his new teammate? "If anybody doesn't like Deuce, something's wrong with them. He's all about team. Deuce was the best running back the Saints ever had...and probably will ever have. And, he's still humble. I can't think of a better addition to our WWL sports team. DEUCE! DEUCE! I think Hok's probably smiling in heaven right now. Like Hokie used to say...even if it's 3rd and long, just give it to Deuce," exclaimed the Cajun Cannon.
Diane Newman, WWL Operations and Program Director, is thrilled to add McAllister to the WWL sports team, "Bobby, Deke, Kristian, Steve, all the guys on our sports team admire, respect and trust Deuce like they did Hokie. They know he'll bring the same commitment, integrity and enthusiasm to calling a Saints game and covering the Black and Gold that he brought as an all pro player. And, like Hokie, Saints fans will hear Deuce more than just game day." Newman says Saints fans can listen for McAllister on SportsTalk with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia during Mini Camp and Training Camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. "You never know where Deuce might pop up," smiled Newman.
As the countdown to kickoff begins, Saints Nation, join us in welcoming Deuce McAllister, he's FOREVER A SAINT!
Facts about Deuce McAllister:
- Super Bowl Champion XLIV (February 7, 2010) when the Saints won their 1st Super bowl vs Colts in Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
- Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2012
- Inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame – Class of 2012
- Inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2014
- Inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame – Class of 2014
- New Orleans Saints all-time leading rusher (rushing attempts, rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns)
- Two-time Pro Bowler
- Two-time First-Team All-NFC (2002, 2003) – Professional Football Writers
- NFC leading rusher (2002)
- 2010 Recipient of the Army Community Award for his commitment and dedication to community engagement in Mississippi and Louisiana
- Honored with Conerly Trophy (1999) – awarded annually to the best college football player in the state of MS by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
- Twitter handle: @deucemcallister26
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