Professional football player Dulymus Jerod “Deuce” McAllister was born on 27 December 1978 in Lena, Mississippi. The son of a truck driver, McAllister, an honor student and president of the student body at Morton High School, said he was inspired by fellow Mississippian Walter Payton. He was an all-state selection by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger after his senior season and was recruited by a number of southern colleges.
McAllister chose to attend the University of Mississippi, where between 1997 and 2000 he set numerous career, season, and single-game records. He still holds the school marks for rushing yards (3,060), rushing touchdowns (37), and total touchdowns (41). At the end of the 2000 season, the Associated Press named him to its all–Southeastern Conference team, and he was selected to play in the Senior Bowl. The New Orleans Saints chose McAllister in the first round of the 2001 National Football League draft, making him the twenty-third overall selection.
McAllister played with the Saints from 2001 to 2008 and became the team’s all-time leading rusher. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002 and 2003. The Saints released McAllister in February 2009 but re-signed him in January 2010 to serve as an honorary captain during the playoffs. The Saints went on to win Super Bowl XLIV, and McAllister received a championship ring. He then officially retired from the league.
Since 2002 McAllister has worked through his Catch 22 Foundation to enhance the lives of children in the Gulf South region. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and remains involved in business and civic activities in his home state. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, he served as an analyst on radio broadcasts of Saints games.
- New Orleans Saints website, www.neworleanssaints.com
- Ole Miss Football website, http://www.olemisssports.com/sports/m-footbl/ole-m-footbl-body.html
- Pro Football Reference website, www.pro-football-reference.com