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Louisiana, Mississippi and Ole Miss have reason to be proud this weekend as it’s own Deuce McAllister has finally taken his place among the elite when he joined the New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson in the Saints Hall of Fame. Deuce and Benson were inducted during a luncheon on Friday in the Superdome, and the Saints fans were thrilled to have him in N’awlins once more.
According to the Times-Picayune when Deuce took the stage in front of Saints fans on Friday afternoon, the fans were chanting “Dooooooose!” like they did for eight years while he still played. I couldn’t be there for the ceremony, but I imagine Deuce’s appearance overshadowed Tom Benson, and deservedly so.
Mark Ingram has a tough hill to climb if he expects to knock McAllister off his perch: Deuce put up 6,096 yards in his eight years with the Saints. By the time he retired he had also won top honors as the Saints leader in touchdowns with 55 and led in rushing touchdowns with 49. It would be a worthy goal for Ingram but he’ll have to take eight years of punishment as a running back in a league where the “life expectancy” of the players is about four years.
When Deuce played college ball for Ole Miss he had a record-breaking career for the Rebels; that was when we knew he had a great future ahead of him. “Big Deuce” is the only player in the history of Ole Miss to record three seasons with at least 1,000 all-purpose yards. Deuce finished his college career with Ole Miss records for 616 carries, 3,060 yards, 36 rushing TDs, 41 touchdowns, 246 points, and 13 (count’em) 100-yard games.
What’s not as well known about McAllister’s career at Ole Miss is that in ’02 his 23-year-old brother died after years of struggling with scoliosis and respiratory ailments a couple of weeks before the annual Egg Bowl Game with the University of Mississippi. The the time Mississippi State Bulldogs were ranked no. 23 and were quite a formidable foe.