It has been 10 years since the New Orleans Saints drafted running back Deuce McAllister out of the University of Mississippi with the twenty-third pick in the first round, and he’s still making headlines today with his charity work.
It has also been more than two years since Deuce McAllister has even played football, but the Saints career touchdown leader is still scoring big in the Gulf south region.
McAllister runs the “Catch 22 Foundation,” which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth in the region.
The organizations primary focus has always been helping kids anyway they can. Whether it is a shopping giveaway, Thanksgiving event or football camp – it always centered on youth.
Last November, McAllister and WR Lance Moore represented the team for a “Saintsgiving” event at a local Winn-Dixie, where meals were provided for families and the two fan favorites signed autographs.
These meals might be the only thing these families have for Thanksgiving, McAllister said. “Everybody should have a good Thanksgiving dinner and our goal is to help as many people as we can.”
The foundation runs “Deuce’s Holiday Shopping Adventure” where more than 100 children receive gift cards. However, the kids are required to spend 75 percent on family members and 25 percent on themselves.
“We want to give kids gifts for Christmas but we also want to teach them the importance of giving,” said McAllister. “Hopefully, when they get older they will return the favor to children in their community.”
Last year, he joined CBS College Sports Network as an analyst on Southeastern Conference Tailgate, a live one-hour show that telecasts from the site of CBS Sports SEC “Game of the Week”.