Deuce McAllister will always be a Black and Gold icon. Maybe he will not be remembered in Canton but in the Big Easy, he'll never be forgotten.
Dulymus Jenod McAllister was born in Lena, Mississippi on December 27, 1978 but soon came to be named as Deuce or as The Deuce.
He was drafted by the Saints in 2001 with the 23rd overall pick in the first round out of Ole Miss and went on to take over for Ricky Williams whom the Saints had traded all of their picks for in a previous draft.
He currently holds the franchise records for most career rushing yards at 6,096 and the most career touchdowns at 54.
While with the Saints, Deuce was a fan favorite. Many Saints fans get chills up their spines when they recall the cries of "Deeeuuuuuccceeee" every Sunday that the Saints occupied the Superdome.
But he was released by the team on February 17th due to salary cap and injury issues (McAllister has had two major knee surgeries).
Yes, Deuce will always remain in Saints' fans memories as we remember how he made our Sundays better every week.
This photo was taken in September of 1990 while Deuce was still called Dulymus.
It was taken in his first year of playing for the NEJSO Spartans soccer team.
In his time as an Ole Miss Rebel, Deuce broke plenty of records. He is the only Rebel to ever record 1,000 all purpose yards in three consecutive seasons.
Besides that, he holds the record for carries (616), 100 yard games (10), rushing touchdowns (36), total touchdowns (41), and yards (3,060). He would only prove to carry his record setting performances over into the NFL with the Saints.
Deuce carries the ball here as a rookie in 2001. In his rookie season, he carried the ball 16 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. He caught 15 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. He also completed a pass for a touchdown.
He returned 45 kickoffs for 1,091 yards for an average of 24.2 yards per return.
Deuce scored twice in an emotional game on September 11, 2005 against the Carolina Panthers. Survivors from two tragedies were remembered, 9/11 and the survivors and victims of Hurricane Katrina which had flooded New Orleans a few days earlier.
The Saints weren't able to use the Superdome again until September of 2006 and had to play all their home games in a variety of places included Louisiana State's football stadium, Tiger Stadium.
They finished the season at 3-13.
In a 53-3 loss against Green Bay in 2005, Deuce suffered his first knee injury. He suffered his second in the Saints third game which happened to be in the Superdome on Monday Night Football.
He was lost for the season, which many believe contributed to the Saints finishing 7-9 that year.
Near the end of the 2008 season, NFL officials revealed that Deuce McAllister was part of a group of Saints that tested positive for a banned substance which turned out to be bumetanide, a drug belonging to a group of medicines called loop diuretics or "water pills."
Its uses include the treatment of swelling caused by medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, liver disease and kidney disease. It also decreases the amount of water retained in the body by increasing urination. It causes the kidneys to get rid of unneeded water and salt from the body into the urine, helping the user shed their body fat, according to medical professionals.
Deuce was released by the Saints on February 17, 2009 because of injuries and salary cap issues. For now, Deuce's life as a Saint is over. Thanks Deuce!