Saintsinsider: The lowdown on Deuce

Deuce McAllister will start on Sunday against San Diego in London. McAllister has been used sparingly this season, but not on Sunday. Some Saints fans may have forgotten just how important McAllister is to the franchise. This is an insider look of what McAllister has done in his career, thanks to exclusive press notes that are only available to the media.

Long the Saints' workhorse on offense, McAllister, the team's first-round draft pick in 2001, is the club's all-time leading rusher. Since becoming the team's starting running back in 2002, McAllister has led the team in rushing four times, including three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2002-04, a first in team history and has been one of the NFL's most productive running backs when healthy.

McAllister ranks first in team record books in every major rushing category with 5,886 yards, 1,372 carries and 45 touchdowns. McAllister has added 220 receptions to rank eighth in club history, for 1,615 yards and four touchdowns in his career. With 300 points, he ranks sixth in the franchise record books in scoring. McAllister is the lone Saints running back to be voted to the Pro Bowl in two consecutive seasons (2002-03).

After missing the final 13 games of the 2007 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, McAllister has made a successful return into the Saints running backs rotation in 2008. He is ranked second on the Saints in rushing with 50 carries for 208 yards with one touchdown in five games with one start and is expected to see extended duty this week when the club is expected to be without the services of Reggie Bush.

WINNING MILESTONE

The Saints have a 20-8 record including the postseason when McAllister rushes for over 100 yards. He's reached the 100-yard rushing milestone 28 times in his career, more than any other running back in franchise history.

Date, Opponent, Yards, Result

11/23/03 @ Philadelphia 184 L, 20-33

11/16/03 vs. Atlanta 173 W, 23-20 ot

11/30/03 @ Washington 165 W, 24-20

1/13/07 vs. Philadelphia* 143 W, 27-24

1/2/05 @ Carolina 140 W, 21-18

10/20/02 vs. San Francisco 139 W, 35-27

12/3/06 vs. San Francisco 136 W, 34-10

1/2/05 vs. Buffalo 130 W, 19-7

12/26/04 vs. Atlanta 128 W, 26-13

11/14/04 vs. Kansas City 127 W, 27-20

12/8/02 at Baltimore 127 W, 37-25

10/5/03 @ Carolina 124 L, 13-19

10/8/06 vs. Tampa Bay 123 W, 24-21

10/6/02 vs. Pittsburgh 123 W, 32-29

9/15/02 vs. Green Bay 123 W, 35-20

10/13/02 @ Washington 121 W, 43-27

12/29/02 vs. Carolina 117 L, 6-10

10/12/03 vs. Chicago 116 W, 20-13

10/19/03 @ Atlanta 116 W, 45-17

10/27/02 vs. Atlanta 115 L, 35-37

12/10/06 @ Dallas 111 W, 42-17

11/2/03 @ Tampa Bay 110 W, 17-14

9/8/02 @ Tampa Bay 109 W, 26-20

12/24/06 @ New York Giants 108 W, 30-3

10/10/04 vs. Tampa Bay 102 L, 17-20

9/28/03 vs. Indianapolis 101 L, 21-55

10/26/03 vs. Carolina 101 L, 20-23 ot

11/28/04 @ Atlanta 100 L, 21-24

* Postseason contest

MOST 100-YARD GAMES IN CLUB HISTORY IN REGULAR SEASON

Player No. Years

RB Deuce McAllister 27 2001-

RB George Rogers 16 1981-84

RB Ricky Williams 12 1999-01

McAllister, the all-time leading rusher in franchise history, continues to march up the NFL all-time rushing charts in 2008 after a successful return from the knee injury. He has extended his team-record career rushing yardage total to 5,886, ranking 63rd in NFL history. He presently is ranked 12th among current NFL rushers:

TOP 12 ACTIVE CAREER NFL RUSHING LEADERS

Player Team Rushing Yards

Edgerrin James Ariz. 11,970

LaDainian Tomlinson SD 11,096

Fred Taylor Jax. 10,957

Warrick Dunn TB 10,604

Jamal Lewis Cle. 9,508

Shaun Alexander Was. 9,437

Ahman Green Hou. 8,929

Clinton Portis Was. 8,533

Ricky Williams Mia. 7,363

Thomas Jones NYJ 6,981

Rudi Johnson Det. 5,910

Deuce McAllister NO 5,886

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ALL-TIME RUSHING LEADERS

Player Att. Yards TDs

RB Deuce McAllister, 2001- 1,372 5,886 45

RB George Rogers, 1981-84 995 4,267 23

RB Dalton Hilliard, 1986-93 1,126 4,164 39

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ALL-TIME RUSHING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS

Player TDs Years

RB Deuce McAllister 45 2001-

RB Dalton Hilliard 39 1986-93

RB Chuck Muncie 28 1976-80

McAllister currently has scored 50 total touchdowns (45 rushing, four receiving, one fumble recovery) in his eight-year career with New Orleans. He is tied with former Saints WR Joe Horn for second place on the team's all-time list for touchdowns. Former Saints RB Dalton Hilliard is the team's all-time leader in total touchdowns with 53.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWN LEADERS

Player TDs Years

RB Dalton Hilliard 53 1986-93

RB Deuce McAllister 50 2001-

WR Joe Horn 50 2000-06

WR Eric Martin 48 1985-93

WR Danny Abramowicz 37 1967-73

With 300 points, McAllister is only the third Saints non-kicker to reach 300 points in 2008, joining Hilliard (318, 1986-93) and Horn (306, 2000-06).


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