The Saints Drafted All Time Rushing Leader Deuce McAllister 13 Years Ago Today
If you’re a long time Saints fan, you know they’ve made some pretty questionable draft picks over the years. They’ve made some good ones, too. Morten Andersen, Willie Roaf, Pat Swilling, Rickey Jackson, and “Deuce” McAllister.
The Saints drafted Deuce in the first round 13 years ago today, on April 21st, 2001. He set numerous school records at ‘Ole Miss. His arrival in Saints camp made Ricky Williams, whom the Saints had traded away an entire draft to select, expendable. The Saints made the right choice. Williams went on to have a troubled career in which he showed flashes of brilliance, but never lived up to expectations.
Deuce played eight seasons for the Black & Gold, retiring as the all time franchise leader in both rushing yardage, and rushing touchdowns. He was enshrined in the Saints Hall of Fame in 2012.
I have a #26 Deuce McAllister jersey. You won’t see a Saints player wearing that number anytime soon.