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Deuce McAllister, New Orleans Saints
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15. . Running Back. 2001-08. Deuce McAllister. 10. player

The list of outstanding Saints running backs isn’t very long. Even the ones who’ve enjoyed significant success with the club haven’t managed to sustain it over long stretches (i.e. Rogers).

However, if we had to pinpoint one running back who’s made the largest impact for the franchise, it would have to be Deuce McAllister. Having spent all eight of his NFL seasons in New Orleans, the Saints’ 2001 first-round pick made the most of his opportunity to be a key cog in the offensive attack.

During the stretch from 2002-2006, McAllister had four 1,000-yard rushing seasons while also serving as a dangerous weapon out of the backfield as a receiver. In that same time frame, he earned two trips to the Pro Bowl. He helped the Saints make a run to the NFC Championship game before their eventual defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears. Although he didn’t play that season, he was technically a part of the Super Bowl-winning 2009 squad.

McAllister wasn’t a superstar in the normal sense, but he was what the Saints needed at the time. He was a productive, reliable runner who patiently worked his way to the top of the franchise’s rushing yards and rushing touchdowns lists before calling it a career.

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