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Deuce McAllister

Deuce McAllister at the Alamodome, with amputated Army Medical Center patients
No. 26     New Orleans Saints
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: December 27, 1978 (1978-12-27) (age 31)
Place of birth: Lena, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 2001 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Rushing yards     6,096
Rushing average     4.3
Rushing TDs     49
Stats at NFL.com

Dulymus Jenod "Deuce" McAllister (born December 27, 1978 in Lena, Mississippi) is an American football running back for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Saints 23rd overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Mississippi.

McAllister has been selected to two Pro Bowls in his career.

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College career

Deuce McAllister played college football for 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).[1]

Professional career

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New Orleans Saints

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).[2] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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).[2] 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.[2] 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.[4] McAllister is the lone Saints' running back to be voted to the Pro Bowl in consecutive seasons.[2]

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.[5]

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. Deuce 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.

McAllister set the all-time rushing TD record for the New Orleans Saints with a score against the Green Bay Packers on November 24, 2008.

The Saints released McAllister on February 17, 2009 due to salary cap problems.[6]

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. "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." [7]

Records

  • Holds the all-time New Orleans Saints record for most career rushing yards (6,096) and touchdowns (54).[8] (The previous record was 4,267; it was set in 1984 by George Rogers.)[9]

Personal

McAllister runs the Catch 22 Foundation, which is dedicated to under-privileged youth and adolescents in the Gulf South Region.[10] He also owns Deuce McAllister Nissan, a car dealership in Jackson, Mississippi, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy [11] March 3, 2009, and is being sued by Nissan Finance, which alleges that the dealership has defaulted on its payments.[12]

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.[13]

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