Deuce McAllister at the Alamodome, with Army Medical Center amputee patients
|Date of birth:December 27, 1978|
|Place of birth: Ludlow, Mississippi|
|Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23|
|Debuted in 2001 for the New Orleans Saints|
|Last played in 2008 for the New Orleans Saints|
|* New Orleans Saints ( 2001– 2009)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Conerly Trophy (1999)|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2009|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Dulymus Jenod "Deuce" McAllister (born December 27, 1978) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for Ole Miss. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft. McAllister was selected to two Pro Bowls in his career.
College career[edit | edit source]
McAllister played college football for the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). He had a record-breaking career for the Rebels. McAllister is the only player in the history of Ole Miss to record three seasons with at least 1,000 all-purpose yards. He finished his college career with Ole Miss records for carries (616), yards (3,060), rushing TDs (36), total touchdowns (41) points (246) and 100-yard games (13).
Professional career[edit | edit source]
New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]
McAllister was drafted by the Saints in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He became the starting running back after Ricky Williams was traded. He went on to rush for over 1,000 yards in three straight seasons (a first in Saints' history). As of 2005, he ranks first in team record books with 5,586 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns and is first with 22 100-yard games, including a franchise-record nine straight contests in 2003. The Saints were 14-8 when he rushed for 100 yards in a single game, and McAllister has added 212 receptions for 1,577 yards and four touchdowns.
McAllister threw a touchdown pass on December 9, 2001 vs. the Atlanta Falcons. In 2003, he finished second in the NFC in rushing and fourth in the league with a career-high 1,641 yards on 351 carries which is second in club history (RB George Rogers, 1,674 yards, 1981). Including the 516 yards on a career-high 69 receptions, McAllister posted 2,157 yards that season to set a club record and rank second in the NFC. All of these accomplishments were an encore to 2002, when in his first year as a starter he led the conference with 1,388 rushing yards, scored 16 TDs and was voted to the Pro Bowl. McAllister is the lone Saints' running back to be voted to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons.
McAllister was placed on injured reserve on October 10, 2005, after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, and returned to the roster for the 2006 season. While Deuce remained the starter, he shared time in the backfield for the first time in his career with the Saints' first-round draft pick Reggie Bush. In his first-ever play-off start McAllister rushed for 143 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown and had 4 catches for 20 yards and another touchdown as New Orleans defeated Philadelphia, 27–24 to earn its first-ever NFC Championship Game appearance in the team's 40-year history.
On September 24, 2007, during a game against the Tennessee Titans, McAllister tore his ACL in his left knee. The injury resulted in McAllister being placed on injured reserve, thereby missing the remainder of the 2007 season. McAllister returned to action on September 14, 2008 against the Washington Redskins, carrying the ball twice for 10 yards. McAllister scored his first rushing touchdown since December 24, 2006 in the September 28, 2008 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
After sitting out the entire 2009 regular season, McAllister was re-signed by the Saints on January 15, 2010—just one day before their divisional round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals, to serve as the honorary captain. "Deuce McAllister has always embodied the spirit of the New Orleans Saints and the city of New Orleans," Saints head Coach Sean Payton said in a statement regarding McAllister rejoining the team. "We’re excited to have him back with the team and to have him lead us out on to the field tomorrow."  Less than a week later, however, McAllister announced his plan to formally retire from the NFL at the conclusion of the playoffs. Although he did not play, McAllister was on the Saints' roster when they defeated the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV, and was also given a championship ring.
McAllister was one of the players that tested positive for an ingredient found in the weight loss product Star Caps, though he retired well before the matter was officially resolved in April 2011.
University of Mississippi[edit | edit source]
On February 2, 2012, Coachingsearch.com website announced that McAllister would join the coaching staff of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze, although he would not be one of the nine full-time assistant coaches.
Records[edit | edit source]
- Holds the all-time New Orleans Saints record for most career rushing yards (6,096) and touchdowns (55). (The previous record was 4,267; it was set in 1984 by George Rogers.)
Personal[edit | edit source]
McAllister runs the Catch 22 Foundation, which is dedicated to under-privileged youth and adolescents in the Gulf South Region. He also owns Deuce McAllister Nissan, a car dealership in Jackson, Mississippi, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  March 3, 2009, and is being sued by Nissan Finance, which alleges that the dealership has defaulted on its payments.
He filed a civil suit against Razzoo Bar and Patio, a Bourbon Street nightclub, after a Mardi Gras 2004 incident in which he claimed he was assaulted by the club's bouncers. The two sides came to a confidential settlement in 2009.
References[edit | edit source]
- New Orleans Saints Official Bio
- Sports Illustrated, September 24, 2007, p. 30
- Pro-Football-Reference.com-Deuce McAllister
- "Saints' magic-carpet ride hits a stone wall in Chicago". The Associated Press. http://sports-att.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=270121003.
- "McAllister Released by Saints". WVLA-TV. February 17, 2009. http://www.nbc33tv.com/sports/saints/saints-release-mcallister.
- "Deuce McAllister Rejoins Saints". WDSU. January 15, 2010. http://www.wdsu.com/sports/22246681/detail.html.
- "Deuce To Formally Retire, Relinquish Roster Slot". WDSU. January 19, 2010. http://www.wdsu.com/sports/22275466/detail.html.
- "NFL TO SUSPEND STAR CAPS PLAYERS". April 30, 2011. http://sportssupplementreviewer.com/2011/04/nfl-to-suspend-star-caps-players/.
- New Orleans Saints Rushing Career Register
- Anderson, Roslyn (March 4, 2009). "Nissan sues McAllister Nissan for nearly $7 million". WLBT-TV. http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=9942272.
- McAllister Settles with Club Yahoo Sports, March 13, 2009
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