Deuce McAllister had a successful NFL career playing for the New Orleans Saints. He spent eight seasons in the league all with the Saints and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and won the Super Bowl in 2009.
During his career, he set the all-time rushing record for most career rushing yards with 6,096. McAllister cemented himself as one of the best to wear a Saints’ uniform. He became a household name in New Orleans.
Career with the Saints
The New Orleans Saints drafted McAllister in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. It did not take the running back long to establish himself as a top running back in the league. In his second season, he rushed for over 1,000 yards and finished with 16 total touchdowns. Those stats were good enough to make the Pro Bowl. That year he led also led the conference in rushing.
The next year was more of the same for McAllister. He finished rushing for 1,641 yards, which were the most in his career, and he had eight rushing touchdowns. The power running back was named to the Pro Bowl for a second straight year. The Mississippi native is the only Saints’ running back to be voted to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons.
McAllister was a power running back, and defenders needed more than one hit to bring him down to the ground. His size allowed him to gain extra yards and put the offense in good field position. In 2004 he rushed for over 1,000 yards to make that three straight consecutive seasons of rushing for more than 1,000 yards.
Injuries having an impact on his career
During those three years, McAllister dominated the league and was playing the best football of his career. In 2005, injuries started to limit McAllister and cut his season short. In October of 2005, he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. He only played in five games during the 2005 season.
After the knee injury in 2005, McAllister came back and played the next season. It wasn’t until almost two years later when he suffered another injury. In 2007 he tore his ACL in his left knee. He missed the remainder of the season. McAllister would go on to play the next season, and he set the all-time rushing record at 49, which was then broken by Mark Ingram.
Although he did not play in the Super Bowl in 2009, McAllister was on the roster when the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts.
What is Deuce McCallister doing now?
McAllister retired from football in 2010. He was named to the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame. McAllister finished rushing for 6,096 yards averaging 4.3 yards per carry.
After his playing days were over, McAllister decided to give back to the community. He runs the Catch 22 Foundation, which helps underprivileged youth and adolescents in the Gulf South Region.
In 2017, St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Louisiana announced that McAllister joined the athletic department as an athletic consultant. He has run numerous football camps throughout Louisiana and continues to give back to the community. In 2018, New Orleans’ Fox affiliates WVUE-TV announced that McAllister would join the station as a Saints analyst in addition to his WWL Radio duties, replacing the retired Jim Henderson.