POSITION: Running Back
BORN: December 27, 1978 in Ludlow, Mississippi
JOINED SAINTS: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
YEARS WITH SAINTS: 2001 - 2009
Deuce McAllister's Career Background
Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister was enshrined in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame in 2012 after spending his entire eight-year career with the Black and Gold.
The Ludlow, Miss. native was drafted by the Saints in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Mississippi. His breakout season came during his sophomore campaign in 2002, when he started all 15 games he appeared in and recorded 325 carries for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns along with 47 receptions for 352 yards and three touchdowns, earning him a trip to the Pro Bowl.
McAllister went on to rush for a career-high 1,641 yards the next season in 2003 and 1,074 yards in 2004, to tally three consecutive seasons with over 1000 rushing yards, which was the first time a player had accomplished the feat in club history. In 2006, he was a vital part in New Orleans' playoff run that led to their first NFC Championship game appearance in franchise history, as he rushed 27 times for 161 yards and one touchdown and added on seven receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown between the two playoff games, rushing for a club-best 1,057 yards with ten touchdowns.
Brought back on the roster in a ceremonial role for the team's 2009 Super Bowl XLIV run, McAllister announced plans to retire from professional football after being a part of the championship roster. He retired from his NFL career ranked first in club record books in rushing yards (6,096) and rushing touchdowns (49), as well as 100-yard rushing games (22), which includes a franchise record nine-game streak with 100 plus rushing yards.
Since retiring from football, McAllister has remained in Louisiana, where he has significant business and charitable interests. He serves as a color analyst for WVUE-TV and a game analyst for the SEC Network, in addition to his WWL Radio duties, for who he is the color analyst alongside Mike Hoss.
Deuce McAllister's College Career
Prior to being drafted by the Saints in 2001, McAllister enjoyed a record-breaking career at the University of Mississippi. The only player in Ole Miss history to record three seasons with 1,000 plus all-purpose yards, McAllister also hold the school records in carries (616), yards (3,060), rushing touchdowns (36), total touchdowns (41), points (246) and 100-yard games (13).
Deuce McAllister's Career Honors
Pro Bowl – 2002, 2003
Super Bowl champion - XLIV
New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame