January 19, 2010

Deuce makes retirement official as a Saint

One token game and done for Deuce in the 2009 season.

McAllister's powerful emotional and inspirational presence on the 53-man roster served its function last Saturday as the Saints stomped the Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Three days later, McAllister has made his retirement from the NFL official, as the Saints placed him on the reserve/retired list.

McAllister will end his four-day stint on the active roster, but will still be welcomed on the Saints' sidelines this postseason. McAllister did not dress but was a team captain and lead the team out of the tunnel in street clothes (though a sprinting Reggie Bush passed him up).

When the Saints' first drive saw the team move near the goal line, the crowd honored him with a familiar roar of "Deuuuuuuce."

McAllister's 1429 rushing attempts, 6096 rushing yards and 49 rushing touchdowns are team records. He leads all non-kickers in scoring in franchise history with 330 points, including 55 total touchdowns, also a team career record.

McAllister was a Pro Bowler in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, McAllister had the second most all-purpose touches in the league, behind only former teammate RB Ricky Williams of Miami.

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