Deuce Mcallister ladies and gentlemen! Let’s all give him one last round of applause from the comfort of our homes. It pains me to say this, but it appears (for now at least) like we won’t ever have the chance to do it again in the Superdome.
For months now I have held out hope that the Saints would offer him a veteran minimum contract to return for one last hurrah, but by now it’s pretty clear that won’t be happening.
I’ve seen grown men cry only a couple of times in mass. The most memorable was when the Saints unveiled what we all thought would be an NFC South Championship banner, but turned out to be a salute to us, the season ticket holders of 2006. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkZBWXJdPos)
Old men, young men, police officers, burger cooks, students and teachers all shed a tear that day. Even I, who has never been brought to tears by anything but life and death, found my eyes watering as I stared up at my beautiful banner.
Although nobody will literally shed a tear knowing that Deuce is not going to be around next year, the emotion that comes with that reality that we, as fans, will feel is certainly as heartfelt as when that banner went up.
After giving us eight of the most memorable years in Saints history it appears that Deuce may reluctantly hang up his cleats. After amassing nearly 8000 total yards, 54 touchdowns and an NFC championship game, Deuce doesn’t have much more to prove in the NFL or does he? Here’s what I want to know.
1. You’ve been a Saint for eight years. Do you think that you would be able to go to another team or would your loyalty still lie in New Orleans?
2. What is your greatest memory as a Saint?
3. Do you feel the Saints sort of gave you the boot or was their decision to release and then not even try to re-sign you justified?
4. Do you think Reggie Bush is ever going to live up to the hype that surrounded him when he was drafted second in the draft?
5. A few years ago Sean Payton called for a reverse on a second and short with the game essentially wrapped up. The ball was fumbled and the game lost. Did you know that play was being called and if so did you realize it was going to go so poorly?
6. Do you think that you should be inducted into the pro football hall of fame?
7. What specific play would you say defines your career in New Orleans?
8. What is your prediction for the 2009 Saints?
9. Do you have any interest in staying in football as a coach or are you ready to move on?
10. Do you feel like not achieving the ultimate goal of a Superbowl will somehow taint your legacy?
11. Did the 2006 Saints realize how much they meant to the city of New Orleans at the time, or was it mostly realized after the fact?
Thanks for everything Deuce. You are truly legendary.